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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.

My first hummer mask was carved during the week long CotE festival of 2016 . My first hummer mask has found a home in Nanaimo BC.

In 2017-18, I went on a carving spree, refining my own design rather than using that which is not mine, namely Qwaya’s creation. I carved dozens of them, Rufous and Anna’s hummingbirds. A show in Saanich displayed my Anna’s Hummingbird Family grouping, at an Eckankar Seminar in 2018. Most of these have a woven throat patch; I have been using dyed raffia, whereas the west coast carvers always used cedar bark.

Another blog post shows a series of photos detailing the carving process for this hummingbird mask design. Although my latest one has evolved again. See the photos below.

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