Scroll-saw artist sees potential in Dominica’s art industry

The plaque commemorating for the upcoming test match in Dominica

For just over a week now, Francis “Major” Richards, one of three wood-scroll saw artists on island, has been scrolling away at a special plaque to commemorate Dominica’s  first International Test Cricket game schedule for July 2010.

“It is my contribution as the President of the Dominica Arts and Craft Producers Association (DACPA) to the further development of the arts and craft industry in Dominica,” said Richards who also manages the Windsor Park Sports Stadium.

By all reports the project has received favorable reviews by the West Indies Cricket Board who is showing great interest in it.

Richards has already made what is to him a special trophy and gift to those who can complete the entire hike of the Waitikubuli National Trail.

For Richards, who refers to himself as a ‘scroll saw artist’, wood scrolling is a hobby, but when he speaks of the economic potential of the art industry he gets serious. “I want to make other artisans more acutely aware, especially the members of the DACPA, of the tremendous potential which exist to bring out their creativity for income generation. There are lots of opportunities along the length and breadth of the trail just as the test cricketing matches, and this is just two examples of things happening in Dominica that we can utilize.”

One of Richards’s major objectives is to ensure that Dominica art and craft products are “Made in Dominica.”

One of Richards' work

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8 Comments

  1. Oliver L. Estwick
    September 26, 2011

    Great work from a man of vision, ambition and action.

  2. Side Liner
    September 23, 2011

    marvellous artistic work, keep it up sir we are here for, best thing is you are earger to share your talent and help the youth of Dominica.

    We love you

  3. tell me
    July 13, 2011

    you have to be in some position for them to recognise your work in Dominica. I know of so many artist and craftist that have dedicated their lives towards doing some remakable products with just their hands as their tool and what but the man is a manager of the stadium and you lift him. Love your work Richo i am not attacing you personally. but who the cap fit let them what!!!!!

  4. Brig Charles
    July 4, 2011

    Can always count on the Major for something inspirational and deeply national. Therein lies his leadership by example. Keep up the trend Major, our eyes and those of our Youth are on you. Pave the way!!

  5. July 2, 2011

    A true born patriot and promoter of local industry. Keep the beacon lit my brother.

  6. van
    July 1, 2011

    Made in Dominica, not China. More power to ‘home grown’ artists.

  7. rumpel
    July 1, 2011

    wonderful

  8. Nikkei
    July 1, 2011

    GREAT JOB

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