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Turned and carved Hummingbird mask

Guess it’s not really a hummingbird “mask”, although it did evolve from my apprenticeship of carving a hummingbird mask. That learning session was at the Carving on the Edge Festival, with Qwaya Sam. The festival is now a bi-annual event, this year, hopefully, if the universe gets a dose of wellness, September 08-20, 2020 in Tofino BC.

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Carving my Manta Rays #Tessellation

Combining my two loves: Tessellations & Carving

Sketched this Manta Rays tessellation five years ago. Love its simplicity. One single line connecting the center of an equilateral triangle, repeated in 60 degree increments to the three corners of the shape. This tessellations falls into symmetry system P3. I have many more articles about tessellations on my other blog, www.tessellations.ca. It is a fascinating garden to explore.

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Tricks, techniques and tall tales, Hummingbird Masks

Close to a dozen masks carved since Qwaya and I first crossed paths at the Carving on the Edge Festival. We have carved many hours together, teaching each other some new tricks, techniques and tall tales. The first project? I crashed his work area at VIU, Vancouver Island University, he was carving a 34 foot totem pole. I innocently thought I could help.

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Weaving the Gorget on the Hummers

Flashy little critters. The Rufous males and especially the rarely seen Anna’s males. I have started incorporating beads on the gorgets, for the males – an all-over shine and, for the females – a spot of red on the throat patch (gorget). Developing my technique as I push my creativity, each time learning, expanding, trying new ideas.

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Carving on the Edge Festival, Tofino B.C., September 6 – 11, 2018

This will be my fifth year showing up at the Carving on the Edge Festival. Maybe I’ll bring some Hummingbird Masks – a family of Anna’s hummers. And of course, some carving tools. See you all soon!

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Skookum Carving Knives

West Coast Carving Tools

It’s been a while since I bought a carving tool. But a pressing project has sent me shopping. Oh my, what a dilemma! Hehehe. I looked around the web for a D-Adze, it is a tool mostly used for planing and texturing large surfaces. Read more…

Masks at the Mary Winspear Gallery

Three masks shown at the Mary Winspear Gallery last weekend

The Eckankar Regional Seminar was held on Vancouver Island last weekend, at the Mary Winspear Gallery, a first for Victoria. Congratulations to the team of volunteers putting together such a momentous event. I was privileged to show three of my carved masks: The Bandit, my Continuum Mask, and my Anna’s Hummingbird Family.

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