`Eagle Dreams`

 This piece was inspired by a painting by Keith Powell that graces the cover of a book called `The Bird Tribes`. The book had a profound effect on me in my early twenties. The image has forever stuck in my mind. This is my version of that image carved in wood. It was important for me not to copy the original painting but rather to reflect on the feelings that the painting brings up for me. 

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.

Holmes Family Jewellery Box

 This is a piece made for my friends `Girls` to have a safe place to keep some heritage jewellery. His wife and 4 daughters. Each of the children were given guardian animals by their grandmother at birth. There are 4 drawers for each child with their animals carved on the drawer front in Nuu-Chah-Nulth style. The lid opens up as a place for Momma`s treasures. Represented by a bear paw with each claw a feather for her 4 children. 

Tofino Water Taxi sign

  This was a commission to build a 2 sided sign for a friends business in Tofino. The business actually now has 2 names. I decided to carve the 2 names in a different style as well as the different fonts. The Tofino Whale watch is V-cut into the panel. The Tofino Water Taxi is left flush with the surface of the panel while the wood is carved away from around it. There is also a small V-cut around the letters to define them.

  The wood is Red Cedar and the finish is Sansin. Completed in the summer 2016  

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. 

"His Majesty"

 "His Majesty" takes his inspiration from time I spent with a deceased Bald Eagle. Eagles are dressed in medicine for ceremonial peoples. I had never before realized how much of an eagles power is in his chest. It makes perfect sence if you consider the chest provides the muscle to power an eagle's wings for flight. I carved 'His Majesty' as I remember him, massive powerful chest, regal pose and a serious experssion. 

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