A Champion in Our Midst… Bruce Lepper Loves Details

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by: Celia Hunter
Bruce Lepper was on the “whenever and all the time” schedule of a graphic artist in advertising and an art director at various agencies in Toronto, while trying to paint. It was too busy a life. It seems both Bruce and his wife Lyn were ready for a change when they drove to Peterborough so that Lyn, as chair of her Quilt Guild in Toronto, could visit a quilt show. They never made it to the quilt show. There were a few houses to look at in Millbrook. And that is how Millbrook came to be able to claim that it is home to one of the premier songbird and wildfowl wood carvers in the world.

Bruce Lepper with the carvings that earned him two 1st place purchase awards at the Canadian National Wildfowl Carving Championship held last week.

Bruce Lepper with the carvings that earned him two 1st place purchase awards at the Canadian National Wildfowl Carving Championship held last week.

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Bruce Lepper in his studio.

Bruce Lepper in his studio.

Bruce has donated the Carolina Wren, as the feature prize at the Millbrook and Cavan Historical Society ‘Step Right Up!’ fundraiser this Saturday,  March 22, at the Millbrook Legion. One lucky winner will take this carving home. Below, Bruce in his studio, where “gadgets” abound.

Bruce has donated the Carolina Wren, as the feature prize at the Millbrook and Cavan Historical Society ‘Step Right Up!’ fundraiser this Saturday,
March 22, at the Millbrook Legion. One lucky winner will take this carving home. Below, Bruce in his studio, where “gadgets” abound.

A chickadee on a branch made of copper.

A chickadee on a branch made of copper.

A pair of champagne miniatures, so called because they must measure no bigger than the circumference of a traditional champagne goblet

A pair of champagne miniatures, so called because they must measure no bigger than the circumference of a traditional champagne goblet

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