THE WOODMAN OF BONAIRE ESTATE
Stanfield Dolcy,- a joiner by trade, a lover of gardens and a passionate exponent of wood carving. Fifty seven years young, he started his career as a forest officer for the Saint. Lucia Government. Married with four girls, he has been a most loyal, respected and lovable “Calabashie” since the Cove’s opening nine years ago. In all that time he has been carving items for the resort and guests.
COCONUT ET AL
An unassuming and charming “Saint Lucian” he delights the guests not only with his carving, but also with his endless knowledge of indigenous plants and trees of exotic wood. Now and then he opens a fresh cut coconut with his machete to have guests taste this truly healthy local libation straight from the palm…..reciting a famous Caribbean Song…drink, drink Coconut water, drink, Coconut is good for your daughter, think, etc 😉 Go figure what that means, but every Saint Lucian will tell you it works, true that ! Dolcy also knows, where the best Mango and Pineapple grows.
Carving AT THE HOTEL
Guests encounter his work immediately on entering the property, by an artistically sentry post carved from a massive single branch of a Saman Tree embracing the Calabash Cove sign next to it.
Another example is when you arrive at the front entrance a magnificent Welcome Sign presents itself, before entering the lobby. Furthermore, Stanfield is expert in utilizing exotic local woods like Mahogany, Saman, Bamboo, White Cedar and White Wood.
CARVING TO EQUIP
Therefore, Dolcy created and carved all the hotel’s room numbers, wooden menu covers, bill presenters, paper towel holders and signage around the property.
In addition he regularly creates, to order, special mementos from a single piece of wood for guests. Works of art by Stanfield are on display for sale in Memories of Calabash and as decor around the resort.
CARVING FOR ART