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Forest Friend (for-ist frend) n. Elfin being of Ontario woodlands, known for environmental consciousness and earth-based spirituality

Since ancient times the Forest Friends have recognized the interdependence of all lifeforms, thus they understand that to live in Harmony with the Earth, with the Others, and within their own community is essential for their survival, balance, and joy of living.  Their nature-based wisdom has important messages for our fast-paced technological age.


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Yesterday's post was about hoof fungus "in the raw." The first photo below shows what it looks like once it's been flattened on one surface, and finished. It may be a while before I place Forest Friends on these, so I've dug up some photos of past hoof fungus pieces. In spite of the simplicity, they still tell a story. ... See MoreSee Less

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I use mostly wood for my Forest Friend dioramas, but also love using tree fungus. I am particular about the ones I gather: they need to be non-toxic, woody when dry, and odour-free. That narrows it down quite a bit. Among my favourites is the hoof fungus, thus named for obvious reasons. Around here they are often, though not exclusively, found on birch trees. The first picture shows a classic hoof fungus. And then there are the wonderful variations! Fanciful shapes and textures. Odd formations -- especially intriguing when the fungus has started growing on an upright tree, which subsequently fell over. The fungus continues to grow horizontally, and that may happen at strange angles to the shape in which it began.... ... See MoreSee Less

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