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Combs with Abalone Disks


A fun project these past few months. I had originally carved this first one a few years ago. Kept it at the back of my head for a future workshop.

A quick distraction. Inspired by Greg A. Robinson’s Chinookan carving style, from Vancouver, Washington. Would make a good project for a workshop, as it only takes a few hours to do. Fun.

Yellow Cedar comb with abalone disk

And, as it turns out, I did offer this type of carving in a workshop: 

“This carving class is intended for beginning carvers, women who would love to learn to carve. In this unhindered environment, Francine Champagne, an artist and carver; and Mary Martin, a First Nations multi-disciplinary artist will guide you through an easy Zen-like project. A day of learning, a day of sharing, a day of carving. To carve a comb, designed in the traditional style of west coast art, is a very peaceful activity, requiring patience, a few basic carving skills and some knowledge about wood. You will be given wooden blanks and a simple carving knife. Mary will share a few of her designs, ready on a template for you to choose. Some designs are complex to carve, some quite simple. Both Francine and Mary will give you a basic understanding of wood properties, the choice of wood species, how to carve safely, tool etiquette, carving techniques and how to finish the surface of your comb. Combs are easy to carve, addictive and they make great gifts. If you leave them around your home they are sure to be appreciated and possibly acquired by family. Let the wood chips fly!


Tofino, BC, Canada, September11, 2022 was the date.

The 2022 CotE Festival was an experience to be cherished. The gallery was amazing. Seeing the breath of carving styles. All the other artists, meeting old friends and creating new ones. Connections that last. Some artists were missed, hoping to see them again at another festival. Thanking you for the opportunity to teach and share my love of carving. And of course, sending a few hummingbirds to live and bring joy to other people.

Looking forward to the next Festival.

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