Rainy Autumn 2012

I’ve wanted to get some more pictures up, and keep track of my projects because here, because I’d like to add to the pool of growing knowledge on the Internet, which I appreciate so much.

I’ve had three relentlessly paced, back to back projects since about last December, and have been out of my home studio so much, I’ve got lots to share. I’d worked on a very nice carving project for the North Vancouver School District which combined making something for the part of Squamish Nation Traditional Territory that I grew up in, Paradise Valley, in Squamish, British Columbia.

It had some red cedar flat carving on a 5’ by 7’ panel, with some engraved and reposed copper additions. It depicts the spirit of the Cheak’mus area, with the face being my way of visioning the spirit, with eagles for hair, and salmon for the eyes. The two repousse faces in the wings are Wawantee, which are the spirits in the valley which watch over the people and animals, and the little round panels off to the sides are deeply engraved ‘rubbings panels’, which the students at the Outdoor School can use to make some artwork with.

repousse, carving, Coast Salish art, Squamishrepousse, Coast Salish art, Squamish

I’ve also been working at learning metal raising, which is hammering a disc of metal in such a way to make it thicker on the edges, and draw it up into a bowl form. I know, it doesn’t sound like it makes sense. I’ve been trying to learn this hands-on technique by surfing the Internet, which has been challenging. But thanks to John Marshall for his inspirational video clip, and especially to my favourite silversmith Theresa Nguyen for her clear explanation of the process, and wonderful videos.

silversmith, raising, dome stake
Here’s a pic of a practice bowl form, and also a very very large sheet of copper (42”) which I’m forming into a Coast Salish style hat for a welcome figure which I’d been carving at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre over the summer. It should be going up next week, so I’ll get some photos of it then.

coppersmithing, raising

Heres a picture of some Northwest Coast style carving tools which I’ve just started making. Still in the trials period right now to get some of the blade design and heat treating down right. It is a skew on top, ready to be mounted in a long handle, a medium sized bent blade, and a straight knife on bottom, all in O1 tool steel.

carving knives, bent blade, NWC tools, Native wood craft