In 1996, twenty-seven year old Tyler Aspin was inspired by the idea of creating a Tree made from wood gathered from all over Canada.

 

An Islander from birth, Tyler appropriately made the base of his Tree out of the roots of what had been a great old Island Oak. On that base he carved his dream into a reality.

 

The Canada Tree became a magnificent sculpture composed of wood donated by each province and territory. Set within this mosaic are wooden artifacts that embody the stories of our land, our character and our heritage.

 

To the young artist, the materials themselves became secondary to the stories that existed within the grains of the wood he was shaping.