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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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Carving on the Edge Festival 2016

Carving on the Edge Festival 2016, In Tofino, BC, Canada

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!

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How many Raven masks?

, ©2014 Champagne

Raven Masks

Since I first started carving, I seem to have shaped quite a few raven masks. I’ve put together a collection of the photos.

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La grosse ventouse mask

La grosse ventouse, mask by Francine Champagne

Ventouse Mask Story

It just sound better in French, rather than the Big Suction Cup Woman. Sounds like “Vaw-tooz”. I’ve carved two of theses creatures. They still haunt me.

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Showing 2 masks at the Hatch Gallery

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

Eck Master Moon and Serene Moon, a.k.a. Lai Tsi Mask

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. Read more…

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.

carving-plaques

Check out the nice Brodie Blade!

More carved spoons

It’s sort of like switching from a film camera to a digital camera. Instant gratification. Doesn’t take long to see the result when you carve a spoon. Not like a large mask, requiring many hours of labour before you see the final piece. There are always a few spoons hanging around the shop, in various degrees of completion. Haischtuup Robinson Cook, a carver and accomplished woodworker gave a spoon carving workshop at the Carving on the Edge festival in Tofino, BC. The spoon below was based on a design by Henry Nolla.

Raven Spoon on alder plaque, f.Champagne

Raven Spoon on alder plaque, f.Champagne

Spoon carving only required a few good tools, and no workshop at all. It is also appreciated (i think?) by family and friends.

The seem to get snatched up quickly.

They seem to get snatched up quickly.

All shapes and sizes, a great big spatula for retrieving pizza, or a weird round one for flipping quesadillas.

All shapes and sizes, a great big spatula for retrieving pizza, or a weird round one for flipping quesadillas.

spoon-tools

A side gouge is handy for the inside of the bowl, or a tiny crooked knife. Possibly a straight blade for the handle and outside of the bowl.

Most of the work can be done with a crooked knife.

Most of the work can be done with a crooked knife.

Woodburning can add detail to your spoon.

Woodburning can add detail to your spoon.

Whatever you do. Have fun!