Midwinter


I’m excited that my log has finally arrived.

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I had spent a very rainy digging through a log sort with Jeff from Squamish Nations’ logging company, and he helped me find a part of a log from the outer rim of a large tree that was felled. It seems to take about 150 years and more for a red cedar tree to grow large enough for the limbs to start falling off, and the really clear, close grain to start growing, like in the picture below; and in this case the trees’ centre rotted out and left a kind of tube of growing wood. When the tree was taken down it shattered into a few pieces and left a big rough plank of wood, just what I need.
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We organized a blessing and had a lot of the family together, had a luncheon, and brushed the log off with cedar boughs and rain water. We wanted to start in that good way, and also let people know that we were going to begin work in Janurary, and that they know that they can stop by and help out with the carving.
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I’ve got a rough sketch, but usually wait until I see the log trimmed to size before I complete the design. I’ll see about filming some of the process, and posting it here.
repousse tools/w1 steel
My new tools.

I mentioned last time that I’d been working on several commissions of the “tribute” style of repousse bracelet, based on an old mountain goat-horn style of Coast Salish carving. Here’s an image of one in progress, and I’ve been using the new tools I made, based on using Valentin Yotkov’s tools, and from some ideas I have from the repousse I’ve been doing on my own.
Coast Salish, bracelet, repousse
These are smaller and short tools for when I work on the bracelets. I hold them differently for these also, floating just above the surface, which gives me the rougher texture.
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I’ve also got some idea for some figurative pieces, and want to do another large piece this new year also. I’ve been reading up on some smithing and forming, so that I can make a bowl or cup to chase as well.