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Continuum Mask

I started this mask while participating at the Carving on the Edge Festival last September. I have been going to this Tofino event for the past four years. Keep on meeting great carvers and continuing some deep friendships. Wouldn’t miss it.

Here are a few progress photos of the carving process

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The final Continuum Mask

Below, a few friends, old and new, from the 2017 Carving on the Edge festival where this mask was started

Anna’s Hummingbird Masks

Anna's Hummingbird Family masks, ©2018 F. Champagne

What a joy to carve these lovely creatures. They bring happiness to everyone’s hearts, buzzing around, surprising us with their acrobatics, adding iridescent colours to our lives. Below, I have posted a few photos of the progress as well as the final collection of masks. A family of four Anna’s hummingbirds and a single female Anna’s fledgling. Presently, I am working on completing an articulated hummingbird mask, where the beak opens and the minuscule tongue flicks out!



Anna's Hummingbird Family masks, ©2018 F. Champagne

Anna’s Hummingbird Family masks, ©2018 F. Champagne


Rufous Hummingbird Mask

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Quinn found a cozy home:

Quinn (Manfred Mann tune) in his new home

Alder Fireplace Mantle — Hand Textured

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The Mantle project completed:

The final mantle and seat

Carving on the Edge Festival 2017

A special year 2017, setting aside some more space and encouragement for women carvers. It is after all, a male dominated field. We usually hang out away from the limelight, doing what we like to do, make chips. A great dozen of women carvers, more present than usual, and more open to chatting and sharing stories and techniques. And of course, raising eyebrows at each other’s custom tools.

Here are my photos of the four day event, September 7 – 10, 2017. Bit late — but hey.

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I’ve never been afraid of entering male dominated fields. In my twenties, I worked the construction sites, installing hand railings in the new housing developments around town. Made friends, good dough and learned some important skills in woodworking and a love of wood. As well, I’ve become an accomplished tessellation artist, 30 years next month. This too, the creation of tessellations, is a male dominated field. Who knows what my next field of study will be! Might be auto mechanics… they wanted to charge me 370$ to change a light bulb and the tailgate latch on my truck — atrocious. Gonna do it myself with the help of youtube.

Carving on the Edge Festival 2016

Carving on the Edge Festival 2016, a month ago already. It was a blast again. Meeting with friends and fellow carvers. Showing our creations in the gallery. Doing demonstrations for the people coming to the festival. Attending or giving workshops and presentations. Ten days of immersion in the art of carving. Come next year!

A photo by Christopher Roy, of the Trio of Raven People I carved, as well as the Pill Pusher.

A photo by Christopher Roy, of the Trio of Raven People I carved, as well as the Pill Pusher.

The Three Raven People masks sold as a family, they are staying together and moving to Metchosin!

Pill Pusher, not sold.

La ventouse, aka Suction Cup Woman

La ventouse, aka Suction Cup Woman

And la ventouse mask was there as well. Getting better every time I carve her. Good tale!

Carving demonstrations, chilling, sharing, making chips with Qwaya Sam

Carving demonstrations, chilling with fellow carvers, sharing, making chips with Qwaya Sam, and many mini totem sales by Qwaya Sam the son, in the foregound.

Christopher Roy, le photographe participating in Joe Martin's bentwood box workshop

Christopher Roy, le photographe, participating in Joe Martin’s bentwood box workshop. Just look at that router bit!

Qwaya Sam and Tim Paul, carvers splitting a few blanks for projects

Qwaya Sam and Tim Paul, carvers splitting a few blanks for projects

The gallery, displaying carved artwork from all over the Island and beyond.

The gallery, displaying carved artwork from all over the Island and beyond.

Qwaya's masks in the foreground.

Qwaya’s masks in the foreground.

Hollowing out a Hummingbird mask, following instruction by master carver Qwaya Sam.

Hollowing out a Hummingbird mask, following instruction by master carver Qwaya Sam.

Hummingbird Mask in progress.

Hummingbird Mask in progress.

One of the sweetest moments of the whole show, was when Kyle from Kaslo came over to watch Qwaya and I carve. He may have been seven years old. He was peering at eye level, just a few inches above the table. Asked what I was carving. I told him it was a hummingbird, and placed it in his hands. He marvelled, and twisted it around to see all the angles. I’m sure the little Dude will become a carver one day, he was simply glowing with enthusiasm. It think he was there “To tell me it was all worth it”.

Some of the wonderful people I have met at the Festival
Qwaya Sam – I carved the totem pole at VIU with him, friends since
Gordon Dick – has the Ashik gallery just past Port Alberni, magnificent carver
Joe David – master carver does a few nights of presentations during the show
Joe Martin – last year’s workshop was paddle carving,  this year he was doing a bentwood box workshop, and always has a canoe on the go, best on planet earth!
Robinson Haischtuup Cook – carver, woodworker, festival organizer this year, VIU Totem team
Tim Paul, master carver – taught Qwaya, evening presentations
Kelly Robinson – carver, VIU totem pole team
Marika Swan – printmaker and carver, does the printmaking workshops
Norma Dryden – painter and festival organizer
Gisele Martin – wonderful speaker storyteller
Robin Rorick – Haida carver, inspiration
Feather George Yearsley – Wikkinanish carving shed resident carver
Keith Plumley – wood turner extraordinaire, carver
Carl Martin – canoe and wood carver
Mark Mickey – mask carver extraordinaire, my favourite
Brad Starr – Haisla carver from up in Kitimatt
Godfrey Stevens – carved Weeping Cedar Woman in the Tofino commons
Jane Woodbury – artist and carver
Dave Parsanishi – carver

Be there next year!
A Celebration of the West Coast Carver, Carving on the Edge Festival
September 2nd – 14th, 2017
Shore Pier on the Water, 368 Main Street, Tofino, BC, Canada

How many Raven masks?


Retzer's Raven

Retzer’s Raven, the first one, appreciated the patrons of these arts at the time. Friends. Still.

Gorbie's Raven

Gorbie’s Raven, another patron of the arts. Lost track of Djerr.

Raven Steals the Moon

Raven Steals the Moon, Jane’s Moon mask, this one is either in Victoria or still in Calgary. Dunno.

Eric's RavenMan mask

Eric’s RavenMan mask, my neph.

Josette's Raven Man

Josette’s Raven Man, for a special birthday Girl a few years ago.

Spalted Alder Raven mask

Spalted Alder Raven mask, I simply love the textures in this wood.

White Raven of Qualicum Beach, yellow cedar

White Raven of Qualicum Beach. A leftover chunk of yellow cedar, from a mantle piece, it was destined for the dumpster. It was a joint rescue project.

Bad Ass Raven mask

Bad Ass Raven mask. My first biggie, 52 inches. Burnished beak and punky hairdoo.

Burnished Raven Man mask

Burnished Raven Man mask, just a few steps away from Ellen Neel’s Dzonukwa, wonderful play with the growth rings in this cedar.

Raven Boy mask

Raven Boy mask, same as Dad, above, burn and burnish work. Hiding in Metchosin with Dad and Sis!

Raven Girl mask

Raven Girl mask, all three in this family were sold at the 2016 Carving on the Edge Festival, in Tofino BC, a few weeks ago.


La grosse ventouse mask

La grosse ventouse, mask by Francine Champagne

It just sound better in French, rather than the Big Suction Cup Woman.

Version two of my ventouse mask, La grosse ventouse

Version two of my ventouse mask, La grosse ventouse

The story goes like this.
I met her on the beach a few years ago. We had common interests and started chatting. I’m a good listener. So I listened. A group formed around us and listened too. Then something extraordinary happened. She reached out with her big lips, and latched onto my ear. It was painful and never ending. I tried walking away, but she would not let go. I was stuck in this position for five straight days. A victim of a flood of words; black ink dribbling from her chin.
After the five days, she released me. What a relief. Something I would not want to live through again. I learned later, of course, that if I had walked north, for a few hundred kilometers, she would have released her grip, as she does not like a cold climate.

La Ventouse Mask, ©2014 Champagne

La Ventouse Mask, ©2014 Champagne, this was the original mask, scary enough



Showing 2 masks at the Hatch Gallery

We are participating in the Eckankar Regional Seminar this weekend at UBC, University of British Columbia. I will be showing two masks, Eck Master Moon and Serene Moon. Hélène Champagne will be showing two paintings. Photos to come. Drop in to this beautiful event if you are in the area.



My Serene Moon Mask was renamed Lai Tsi, a Chinese Eck Master

My Serene Moon Mask was renamed by the seminar participants to Lai Tsi, a Chinese Eck Master




Many carved plaques in progress

The spiraling wave is being carved to cap a king post above a huge beam. The original design I wanted to use was the line of snoozing dogs. But the post is far up and not really well lit. So in fact it’s a waste to place something so detailed all the way up there. I simplified a repeating pattern instead, something similar to the screen printed waves on a farmhouse floor I did years back.


Check out the nice Brodie Blade!