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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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Continuum Mask

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. I keep on meeting great carvers and continuing some deep friendships. Wouldn’t miss it. More photos of the carving process and final mask.

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Anna’s Hummingbird Masks

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

Hummingbird Masks

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. More photos of the carving, weaving and completion of the series.

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Rufous Hummingbird Mask

The Mighty Quinn (Quinn the Eskimo)

Well, everybody’s building the big ships and the boats
Some are building monuments
Others jotting down notes
Ev’rybody’s in despair
Every girl and boy
But when Quinn the Eskimo gets here

Alder Fireplace Mantle — Hand Textured

Crooked Knife Texturing

Hand texturing with a crooked knife, takes me to my zen place! Using locally milled alder, we designed and built a fireplace mantle. See a series of photos of the process, from start to finish.

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Carving on the Edge Festival 2017

Carving on the Edge Festival 2017, in Tofino, BC

A special year 2017, setting aside some 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.

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