My name is Robert Squarebriggs, I served in the Canadian Armed Forces (Navy) from 1970 - 1974 and left the service as an Able Seaman Sonarman. I served aboard H.M.C.S.'s: Kootenay, Assiniboine, Margaree, Qu'Appelle and Fraser.
I have been a woodcarver and model shipwright for over 45 years, and am teaching an apprentice my skills (my second apprentice). As an island-born (PEI) son of a sailor (My father served in escorts during WW2) it was natural for me to fall in love with the sea and follow in my father's footsteps into the Navy. When I left the Navy I had to find a way to bring the sea to me as I could no longer go to sea, so I began a journey into the world of sailing ship modelling from scratch. This led me to general wood carving to improve my skills and broaden my horizons in other types of carving.
Ships and the sea are my specialities, though I have branched out into carving birds, animals and people. I felt the loss of our men and women in the service and carved several sculptures of the fallen and donated them to their units. Also, when I see an outstanding achievement by one of our ships at sea, I have carved scenes of the action and sent them to the ships involved, for example, H.M.C.S. Winnipeg capturing pirates, and H.M.C.S. Fredericton intercepting pirates.
I loved my time in the service and miss it every day of my life.
I survived an auto accident in 1998 in which I suffered a traumatic brain injury and back and neck injuries that disabled me but relearned/reawakened the skills needed to continue carving. I have sold many pieces of my work and accept commissions.