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The Black Rod, used by the legislature of Prince Edward Island

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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





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#1 posted 02-15-2010 05:25 PM

Great story to accompany an interesting build.

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#2 posted 02-16-2010 07:55 AM

Thank you for posting this and giving us insight on a unique tradition.

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#3 posted 02-16-2010 02:55 PM

Wow…nice stick! An excellent ww project with a great story. I’d be proud of this as well.
Nicely done and thanks for sharing.

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#4 posted 02-16-2010 03:12 PM

very cool story, was that a clip from an article, with recognition of your business and name? Nice job on the staff. That guy sure looks serious so I think you did a seriously good job for him to hold it!

-- Live by what you believe, not what they want you to believe.

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#5 posted 02-17-2010 06:55 AM

Wow…nice stick! An excellent ww project with a great story.Nicely crafted and thanks for sharing. for more Prince edward island

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#6 posted 02-24-2010 06:25 AM

Great story and it goes with a great piece.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#7 posted 03-30-2010 09:36 AM

Great story to accompany an interesting build. Crusie

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#8 posted 04-01-2010 04:55 AM

I should have pointed out- the gentleman carrying the Black rod I crafted into the Legislative Assembly is my father, Ivan Kerry. During World War II, he was a tail gunner in a Halifax bomber (heavy four engine bomber used by the Royal Air Force) and flew 36 missions over France and Germany during the height of the war. so… I guess you could say that’s it’s a lucky thing I am even here!

It was a very proud day for our family when, as Sergeant-at-Arms, he led the Speaker of the House and the Assembly members into the Chamber.

-- Lloyd Kerry; creator of the Kerry-All Pouch, http://www.kerrywoodworking.com

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#9 posted 05-02-2010 11:04 PM

The dude in the picture is in a skirt :)
Cool project.

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#10 posted 05-03-2010 01:59 PM

Um, that’s my father, and it’s called a kilt…

-- Lloyd Kerry; creator of the Kerry-All Pouch, http://www.kerrywoodworking.com

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#11 posted 05-10-2010 01:17 PM

An excellent ww project with a great story. I’d be proud of this as well.
Nicely done and thanks for sharing.
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#12 posted 05-26-2010 01:39 PM

Great story to accompany an interesting build.
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#13 posted 05-26-2010 05:14 PM

Great story and most unique project

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#14 posted 05-27-2010 03:32 AM

thanks for the nice comments.

-- Lloyd Kerry; creator of the Kerry-All Pouch, http://www.kerrywoodworking.com

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#15 posted 06-19-2010 06:18 AM

very cool story, was that a clip from an article, with recognition of your business and name? Nice job on the staff. That guy sure looks serious so I think you did a seriously good job for him to hold it!.
Thanks
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