Lawntime at Maclean Park

As the days warm up you should wander by MacLean Park Fieldhouse and see what the conversations are with your neighbours. There’s always something fun happening at Oncle Hoonki’s Fabulous Hornshop, always a dog to pet while catching up with the local scene, always a school group stopping by to yell questions at the adults.

How to join: Find all the updates on facebook at Oncle Hoonki’s Fabulous Hornshop group.

All the best photos: #onclehoonkis #fuhorns


As restrictions diminish, even more tools and playtime can happen out on the lawn. Look for us when the festive lights are on. Do you have a project and need a consult? Knock on the door or just ask the person with the most woodchips on his clothes. Maybe that guy knows a thing or two about gluing, sawing, carving or where to find some smart person. It’s a small world and Strathcona is probably already up in your business.

Coming up this year:

The Maclean Park Knapp-In. A demonstration of ancestral skills from the stone age. Flintknappers from the region practising ancient hand-skills of lithic reduction, shaping and finishing spear-points and arrowheads. A global range of styles, from Pacific Northwest first nations, to Eurasian, Polynesian and African stone shaping techniques are demonstrated.

Disco Lawntime. Like Lawntime, only now set to a disco beat. Advancing on last year’s very popular program, Mr. Fire-Man’s Slow Groove Stretch Class, MacLean Park will now host a weekly dance groove set to the music of drum, bass and horn with the option of additional musical accompaniment. Strathconians and visitors to the neighbourhood are encouraged to come out and dance while the opportunity presents. All ages.

Music Hike. Participants choose from a selection of instruments made available from the Hoonki’s collection and set out on a short hike to the acoustically superior space under Hasting Street at Raymur. We improvise music. We record it. Once accomplished, we return to MacLean Park Fieldhouse for reflection and possibly instrument repair.

Urban Tube Farmers Stewardship. Connect to nature with a long-term relationship growing your own materials for instrument manufacture. Local tube grower, David Gowman demonstrates methodology for planting, pruning and seasonal care of living resource trees, bushes and plants yielding a cyclical source of top grade materials suitable for instrument builders and related crafts.

Empress trees growing more tubes!

Buttonmakers Guild. In cooperation with EartHand Gleaners Society, Oncle Hoonki’s Fabulous Hornshop presents: Buttonmaking with Hand-tools. Manufacture your own beautiful, durable buttons for that very important garment project that needed a special touch. Materials include locally grown, sustainable hardwoods, antler and shell. Stay tuned for sign-up details. Space limited.

Singalong Seasonal Celebrations with Amy Walker and the Legion of Flying Monkeys. Come out and celebrate the turning of the seasons in MacLean Park with lanterns, music, neighbours and singalong. Featuring: fresh zines with singalong lyrics by Strathcona community superstar, Amy Walker and musical backup by the Legion of Flying Monkeys. All are welcome.

MacLean Park Music Series. Another season of performances by local bands under the pine trees at MacLean Park. Organized by veteran Folk Fest Technical Director and Strathconian, Alan Zisman, the MacLean Park Music Series is an all-ages, all genres festival celebrating diversity and local empowerment. Now in it’s third season, look for updates and listing on the Facebook group, MacLean Park Music.

BYOSandwich and Carving. Spoon carvers return to the fieldhouse for a weekly session of shared experience carving (probably mostly spoons, but I don’t judge). Pre-registration is necessary due to space constraints. Alas, there is no more food sharing at Oncle Hoonki’s, so you must bring your own sandwich, or just suffer while the grown-ups who learned to prepare a meal in advance of a scheduled class eat their food in front of you.

Diversity Outreach Tuesdays. Selected Tuesday evenings through the summer months will see participants from Oncle Hoonki’s joining the multi-cultural improvisation scene at the Drum Circle on Third Beach. Emphasis is place on polyrhythmic integration with the long-term goal of universal love and acceptance through dance, camaraderie and music. All are welcome.

Diversity in practice

2020 – Oncle Hoonki’s Fabulous Stats – a year in review

Here is a link advertising our MacLean Park music series for last season. If you have a chance, please give a robust thank-you to Alan Zisman, creator, show-host and band-wrangler of this very successful series that brought much happiness to beleaguered Strathconians during hard times.
You are always welcome to visit Oncle Hoonki’s Fabulous Hornshop Facebook page, where photos and updates happen in near real time.

These stats do not include personal hours of fuhorn building, the main creative project by yours truly, MacLean Park Fieldhouse Steward, Mr. Fire-D-Man, as they number in the thousands, and reveal exactly why my RMT exclaimed, ‘These are not muscles, they are rocks!’ For many tasty photos, you can always search the hashtags #fuhorns, #onclehoonkis

Jan-Feb 2020 (or The Before, as we now call it)
Tuesday Night Potluck&Carving – 8 Classes, 10 adults , 240 hours of engagement
Lawntime (outdoor demonstrations and conversation) – 12 sessions, 20 adults/children, 240 hours
Band Practice (indoor) – 6 sessions, 4 adults, 72 hours
Flintknapping Class – Sat. Feb 22 – 4 adults, 12 hours

Mar – Nov 2020
Tuesday night Carving with Lorne – 2 artists, 120 hours
Lawntime – 50 sessions, 200 adults/children, 1000 hours
Hornbuilding for Youth (outdoor sessions) – 7 children, 20 classes, 420 hours 30 Minute Horn Meditation with Mr. Fire-Man – 10 sessions, 20 adults/children, 200 hours Band Practice (indoor sessions) – 4 artists, 16 sessions, 256 hours
Music Series (outdoor) – 45 concerts, 50 adults/children, 4500 hours
Hornwalks with Lorne and David – 3 walks, 3 people, 36 hours
Outdoor Painting with Eri Ishii – 4 people, 16 hours

Total hours of engagement for 2020 at MacLean Park: 7112 hours!

Online series videos helped engage folks who needed creative outlet, but couldn’t come in person.
DIY bentknife 72 views
Close Enough Stick 20 views
Make a Tube out of Wood 28 views
Begin a Small Fuhorn 10 views
Small Fuhorn Build, parts 2 thru 5 41 views
Fuhorns at 7 102 views
Amazing Story podcast with Shane Malcolm MacMillan (subject: Oncle Hoonki’s Fabulous Hornshop) 50 downloads

Lawntime continues at Oncle Hoonki’s

Wandering Strathcona looking for distractions? Stop by regular afternoons at MacLean Park Fieldhouse for skills demonstrations and conversation with team members of Oncle Hoonki’s Fabulous Hornshop. Recent additions to our arsenal of engagements include the new lawn xylophone!

Listen for the sounds of horns as we celebrate Midwinterhoornblau, an imported Dutch tradition that involves wooden trumpets and wintertime.

Got a wood project in mind? Ask resident shop Steward, David for a free consultation. Conversation is always welcome at #lawntime. More photos at #fuhorns #onclehoonkis and of course, on Facebook under Oncle Hoonki’s Fabulous Hornshop group page.

Closed – but Open Online!

While classes and Lawntime at McLean Park Fieldhouse are currently unavailable (due to global pandemonium), we are still offering updates in cyberspace!

Recent documentation

Below, a short list documenting collaborations with MacLean Park Fieldhouse and related subjects, such that you will be kept up to date.

Brad Muirhead Orchestra with fuhorns

UBC film students

Lawn Time

Strathcona Comm. collaborations

Sharing food and skills at MacLean

lawn time 2017
Lawn Time with children

lawn time 2
More Lawn Time

Offsite carving, local.

musical collaboration with fuhorns

flintknapping for adults

horn designs, locally grown

spoon carving, locally sourced.

recent panorama

youth paying attention

adult skills development

flintknapping for kids!

local master demonstrating

family Lawn Time

woodwind for youth

stone tools demonstration

recent carving class

EartHand class at MacLean

HFG hornwood harvest

two year staves.

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local carvers guild

with snacks and commeraderie

Strathcona Garden crossover event

EartHand Annual General

diaspora of locals

MOP tree sculpture, year 4

MOP Garden panorama

Cottonwood Garden source tree

source tree with hand woven fence

more visitors, more spoons, more snacks

small fuhorn, pre-assembly

hillside concert mop
The LFM at MOP Garden

Keen garden party participants

interactive panorama

even more Lawn Time

Big Draw at Oncle Hoonki’s

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Your chance to sit across the table and take your best shot at old advertising guru, Mr. Fire-Man.  Over three days of connected events, visitors to MacLean Park Fieldhouse can engage in a three-step rendering process, (beginning on Oct. 1 with the Red Paint Drawing Club) that progresses through to a finished rendering and a final celebration/show. No previous experience necessary. Children under 23 must be accompanied by an adult.

Day 1 – Saturday October 1 from 1-4pm

Day 2 – Sunday Oct 9 from 1-4pm

Day 3 – Saturday October 22 from 1-4 pm

Observe the cartoon below for more detailed instruction.



Urban Paleo Class #2 Oct 15 – 16


Your second chance to learn the basics of flintknapping-for-the-urbanite. Hands on instruction from David Gowman at MacLean Park Fieldhouse (710 Keefer Street) will instill the novice knapper with the basics to source and shape arrowhead-making material without traveling to a distant mountain or a gem store.

October 15, 16 from 1-4pm. Boots and long pants required. Gloves are also a bonus.

EartHand Gleaner’s Society members register here.

Non-members register here.