Photo Albums

   These are examples of colabrative work that I have done with my partner Mary Forest. They are 3 ring binders intended as photo albums. Each of these books were made to hold 8 1/2" X 11" photo sheets, yet they are extra large .

   I make the books and Mary designs and carves the covers. The frames are 3/8" thick Douglas Fir and the floating panels are 1/4" Yellow Cedar. They are finished with Tung Oil and Ultra Blonde Shellac. 

 The books average $350 each. 

`Deep Peace`

  This is a carved boardwalk plank that I completed as a memorial for the family. This is one of several planks that I carved for the new `Tonquin Park` boardwalk in Tofino in 2010. 

`Spirit Double`

      2010. This sculpture in Red Cedar depicts 2 wolves on the back of a killer whale. The piece speaks to the relationship between killer whales and wolves  in nature and spirit. Killer whales are said to be the wolves of the sea, top predators travelling in loyal family groups. The stories from northwest coast first nations about killer whales transforming into wolves as they come ashore inspired this rendition. The wolves on the back of the whale exemplify the potential of transformation in all of us.

`Froggy`

   `Froggy` is the little Yellow Cedar carved tree frog on this sign that I made for a good friend at the bequest of his loving parents. She seemed to take on a personality once she emerged from the block of wood. Carved by hand she took me 12 hours to complete. The leaf and driftwood mount are Red Cedar.

Tofino Tech Sign

This a Hand Carved sign in Western Red Cedar. The lettering is v-cut carved and then the negative space is carved out to make the lettering pop. I was careful to make a nice mirror of the letters in the negative with the chisel cuts. The letters are painted with white latex paint and the sign is finished with Sansin SDF nano natural. 

Driftwood Tissue Boxes

 These boxes are made to fit over medium sized tissue boxes. They are made from red cedar driftwood. The ends and hole in the middle have been oiled with Saicos Hardwax Oil to create a lovely contrast with the natural silver of the weathered wood. Originally made for the Spa at the Wickannish Inn in Tofino I now produce these on demand as long as I can find wood suitable. $120 each.

Cable Cove Driftwood Bed

This is a 4 poster driftwood bed made of cedar driftwood from the shore lines of Clayoquot Sound. Part of the `Driftwood Suite` at the Cable Cove Inn in Tofino. The suite is full of driftwood accents from door and window trim, wall hangings and a curved corner desk. The headboard carving was designed to represent the snag (dead tree) that hangs out in the view scape from the Inn out to the sea.  My partner Mary Forest carved the headboard for me on this piece. The snag is also represented on the door to the treatment cabin also on this property. 

`Three is Company`

Broad Leaf Maple bowl. 18" long X 4" deep X 8"wide.  Finished with Tung Oil and Bees Wax. Buffed with carnuba wax.

`Open Flower`

   Broad Leaf Maple Vase. 10"X5". Turned and then carved. Finished with pure tung oil and buffed with carnuba wax. Bottom and inside have been burned, sanded and finished. 

   While in the last stages of thinning out the top inside portion of the vessel a crack appeared on one side. To solve the dilemma I started experimenting with lines to cut out the crack and save the piece from the burn pile. (Or the clutches of my daughter!) The result is better than the original! In some moments mistakes or flaws can be inspiration!

  

Venus of Maple

   Broad Leaf Maple.  18"X6". Swivel Maple Base.