Ta-Mook and the Sweatlodge

   Ta-Mook is the Nuu-Cha-Nulth word for the Kingfisher bird. This sculpture represents a vision that I had in a Sweatlodge ceramony. The  Sweatlodge is what the bird is hovering over. During one particular ceremony I could hear a pair of Kingfishers flying around and nattering loudly as they are prone to doing. At one point there came a particularly loud twitter and like a flash of lightening I saw a huge Kingfisher`s beak break through the top of the lodge and strike the rocks. It was a gift of power and teaching. I was left with this image in my mind.

Story Inside

  This piece is cut from the core of a large Maple burl that was all the way around the trunk of the tree. I have made several pieces from different cuts off of the original burl. I was left with the rotted core bit in the middle of two 10" chunks of swirly grain wood. I cut the essence of the shape of the rotted center out and wire brushed the rotten part until I was left with solid wood. The dark colour is totally natural as is the crazy patterning and texture of the wood.

Maple Burl Mirror

  This is one of a series of broad leaf Maple burl mirrors that I made in 2015. Each mirror was custom cut to fit the contoured line that followed the natural line of the outside of the burl slice. 

 Finished with Osmo Hardwax Oil. 14" x 17". 

 Available for sale at the House of Alia Gallery in Tofino B.C. 

 $295

Focus on the Centre

 This is a Red Cedar turning that has been hand carved along the grain on the outer layers and sanded to a fine finish in the inner layers. There is a piece of hand cut and polished blue tigers eye in the center. Designed as a mandella of sorts the idea is that everything gets cleaner and clearer tward the center. 

 22" X 22"

 Finished with Osmo hardwax oil.

 Available at the House of Alaia in Tofino B.C. 

 $490

"Resurrection of the Earth"

 This piece is carved from a single piece of Red Cedar.

 The inspiration came from doing a grounding for a dear friend in pain. We were in a large building 9 stories up. This image appeared in my mind as we were visuallizing roots connecting to the earth. The roots agressively took over the building and the tree grew out the top after the roots hit the ground. I see this as my friends healing and as healing for the world. There is great contrast between the square, flat and linear building and the random, curved and sensous tree and roots.

Sharky

 Sharky is one of those pieces that was cut out of a firewood log because I could 'see' the fin in the broken branch. Someone told me once that I was the guy that actually made the stuff from nature that people 'see'. Living on the west coast in the heart of the old growth forest there are often fabulous chunks of old growth trees that are cast into the ocean during winters big winds and tides. I need a serious supply of firewood to support my home and shop and it makes me feel good to be able to produce art from some of these pieces. 

Yellow Cedar Coffee Table

  Yellow Cedar Table (with glass) or bench. Dovetailed Yew wood 'Keys' to decoratively reinforce the joinery. 

  18" high x 48" long x 14" deep. 

  Available for sale at the Ahtsik Native Art Gallery in Port Alberni B.C.  $1500.

 

Eagle Balance Platter

 Spalted Alder platter. Eagle designs hand carved in the lip.

 Finished with pure tung oil and bees wax. 12 1/4" dia.

 

 Available at the Ahtsik Native Art Gallery in Port Alberni, B.C.

 $580

Eagle essence Bowl

 Alder wood, abalone and mother of pearl inlay. Pure tung oil and bees wax finish.

 This piece is for sale in Tofino at the Mark Hobson Gallery.

 $650

`Molluscks Cedarus`

  I spotted this big and beautiful piece of wood on the clayoquot shore line in April 2015. I pulled it off the rocks with rope and my power boat and towed to my shop. The full bulk of the wood pushed the maximum weight allowance of my hand winch and crane to get it up to the deck. It instantly lost half of its mass and size in the initial session of removing all that is not snail. The more refined hand work and drying time took much longer. Many months. I have hollowed the snail to get rid of some of the wood that was rotten and to lighten the piece.