Art is a crucial but often under valued aspect of our society. For me art that reflects place is especially important. I draw my inspirations from living immersed in nature on a small island in Clayoquot Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island. The ocean, forests and people that make up the landscape shape my art. I learn a lot from the teachings of my adopted Nuu-Cha-Nulth family, especially my brothers who are active contemporary artists. Off the grid home life with my partner Mary and daughter Cedar provide the foundation for everything that I do.
Like many west coasters, I began carving close to 30 years ago with Henry Nola, an iconic carver in Tofino. My working life began in creative home building and from there I became a student of the fine woodworking revolution. Building cabinets and furniture have been my staples for years however I always had carving projects on the side. Carving is now the main focus of my work. I am full of ideas, visions and stories to tell with my carving.
Based out of a resurrected intertidal workshed on Strawberry Island I carve exclusively salvaged and ethically sourced coastal woods. My process includes power tools but it is the hand tool work that is the joy and meditation of carving for me. Most of my carvings include some sort of precision joinery, combining my skills developed as a cabinet/ furniture maker with my vision for carving unique pieces.
For the last several years I have been an active member of the Carving on the Edge Festival team. We are promoting and supporting the burgeoning carving culture on the coast. For me the festival has contributed to my growth as an artist, carver and person tremendously.
My carvings can be found in galleries in Tofino, Port Alberni and Salt Spring Island. I am also accepting carving commissions. For more current events try me on Instagram: @robinsonwoodwork.