September 21, 2016
I HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO BUILD A BRIDGE,(probably one of the most symbolic structures that can be built) So when I was invited to help out on this model of the Menai Bridge, I jumped at it. It was a pleasure working with Mr. McCowan and His Dedicated volunteers. I only wish I could have come more often. More information below, on the history,and viewing information of the Worlds first modern suspension bridge, which is linked with the Scottish heritage of Ontario.
The three Scarborough panels of the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry are in celebration of the relationship between Scottish settlers and the Canadian forest almost 200 years ago.
Of particular interest to woodworkers is that 240 of the Tapestry panels will be suspended on a wooden model of the Menai Suspension bridge, arguably the world’s first modern suspension bridge, designed two centuries ago by Thomas Telford. Telford apprenticed as a stone mason alongside the Thomson brothers who later settled in Scarborough. The wood being used in the “bridge” is all from salvaged trees that have died or been knocked over by the wind (black cherry, ash, maple, white pine, poplar for the most part) and milled on a WoodMizer portable sawmill.
Meantime, the critical info regarding the exhibition is here…:
The Scarborough Exhibition of the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
115 St. Andrew's Road, Scarborough, Ontario
Monday September 19 to Saturday October 1, 2016
Weekdays: Noon to 8:00 pm
Saturday, Sept. 24/16: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday, Sept. 25: 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Saturday Oct. 1: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
As a fundraiser for the St. Andrew’s Church Steeple Fund, we may auction off half a dozen 10 foot by 16 inch black cherry slabs – hope you might be interested.
Thanks very much for your interest in this project,
D. B. McCowan, P.Eng., Past Chair
Professional Engineers Ontario Education Committee
Scottish Diaspora Tapestry
World Tour -- Exclusive Ontario Exhibition
305 beautifully hand-stitched panels tell the story of Scots living around the world. For over three centuries, ordinary Scottish folk including coalminers, trades-people, farmers and farm servants have carried their strong work ethic, social institutions and values to the farthest reaches on the globe. In their adopted communities they made new friends, learned together, and shared ideas, perspectives and dreams.
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 115 St. Andrew’s Road, Scarborough
416-438-4100 email@example.com www.standrewsscarborough.com
Sept. 19 - Oct. 1, 2016
Weekdays: Noon – 8 p.m.
Sat. Sept. 24, 10:00 - 6:00 -- Recommended
Sun. Sept. 25, 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sat. Oct., 1, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Thinking Like Telford
Thomas Telford Engineering Challenge -- A Pilot Project for Senior Technological Design Students
The Scarborough exhibition of the 305-panel / 500 foot Scottish Diaspora Tapestry is unique. Senior Technological Design student teams were invited to design a 36-foot long model of the central unsupported span of the Menai Suspension Bridge by which to hang the Tapestry at the exhibition. The Menai bridge was designed by Thomas Telford (ca 1820) and was, arguably, the world’s first modern suspension bridge.
The Scarborough Panels of the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry
Almost twenty volunteers associated with one early Scottish community – Scarborough, Ontario – completed three Diaspora Tapestry panels in celebration of the relationship between Scottish settlers and the Canadian forest almost 200 years ago. Symbolized in these panels are stories of hardship and survival, and others of prosperity, fellowship and faith – death by falling tree and stump remover; clearing the land for crops; sawmills for the construction of homes, barns and churches; cutting and selling masts for the shipping industry; and Alex Muir’s famous song “The Maple Leaf Forever”. Join us at St. Andrew’s for this fascinating exploration of their stories.
Scarborough Scots: Their Vision, Creativity and Innovation
And there will also be a very special panel – a tribute to the vision and creativity of Alexander McCowan (founder of the milk marketing movement in Ontario), David A. McCowan (inventor of the Phototeria) and his cousin Clark Young (inducted into the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame)… and to James McCowan who had the courage in 1833 to settle his family on a remote bush lot at the edge of the Scarborough Bluffs which no one else had wanted – known today as “Fool’s Paradise”.