Welcome to my blog! My name is Dora Arsenault. I live in Warwick, RI, on the shores of beautiful Greenwich Bay with my husband and 3 extremely spoiled cats. After 28 years as a school-based speech pathologist, I retired 2 years ago with the intention of developing my artistic side and taking it as far as it will go. My medium of choice is polymer clay, and my specialty is canework. What really excites me are color and pattern, especially radial, repetitive and interlocking patterns. To me, constructing a cane is the 3-D equivalent of doodling! Although I make up my designs as I go along, I get much inspiration from quilt patterns, Celtic knotwork, mandalas, and ethnic fabrics, to name a few. I love sharing my passion for canework with others, and hope to teach classes, develop on-line tutorials, and perhaps publish how-to articles. This is my first venture into blogging, and to say that the process is intimidating is an understatement! When I look through the ‘how-tos’ of blogging, or read about others’ blogging challenges, I want to turn and run. But if I wait until I feel I can do it ‘just right’, I’ll never do it, so here goes….Expect to see changes as I stumble along into uncharted territory !