|Project by Wood_smith||posted 02-15-2010 04:14 AM||1847 views||0 times favorited||18 comments|
This is probably the project of which I am proudest…
Prince Edward Island’s Black Rod tradition…
On Prince Edward Island, the Sergeant-at-Arms carries the Black Rod when escorting the Lieutenant Governor into the Legislative Chamber at Province House during such occasions as the Speech from the Throne or the granting of Royal Assent. Practice in some Canadian jurisdictions have the Sergeant knocking on the doors of the Chamber with the Black Rod seeking permission for the Lieutenant Governor to enter. This symbolic act will be incorporated into the opening ceremony on Prince Edward Island and will serve to emphasize that the people, and their elected Assembly, are supreme and not the Crown. It is appropriate that we consider these matters at this particular opening given that it was almost 150 years ago that responsible government was implemented on Prince Edward Island in 1851.
Lloyd Kerry of Kerry Woodworking crafted the newly redesigned Black Rod with the assistance of Ivan Kerry, Sergeant-at-Arms of the Prince Edward Island Legislative Assembly. Island historian Doug Morton presented as a gift the two 1871 coins mounted in the base of the Rod.
The Black Rod was presented in the Legislative Assembly on 23 November, 2000 for use on ceremonial occasions requiring the attendance of His Honour the Lieutenant Governor.
-- Lloyd Kerry; creator of the Kerry-All Pouch, http://www.kerrywoodworking.com