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Carving on the Edge Festival 2016

2016/10/13

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

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One Comment
  1. Great reporting Cine. Loved being there.

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