However, I took a break from the writing to attend a 3-day seminar at Lee Valley on West Coast carving. I have never done any real carving but have always wanted to give it a try. I tried to register for this course a couple of years ago but it filled up before I got to it, not this time!
I like this style of art and have always wanted to try it out. The course was given by Rick Wolcott from Calgary and was three full days in the shop. During the time we were heads-down working on our carvings, Rick regaled us with ancient West Coast Indian legends, and some Rick Wolcott stories (legends?) helping to make the time fly by as we toiled on our pieces of wood.
We were all given a band-sawn piece of Western Red Cedar to work with and we had to find the Shaman mask hidden inside.
|After the first day, a face begins to emerge,|
the finished sample is on the right.
|The design drawn on the face and most |
of the detail features carved - end of Day Two
|Side View showing the wolf on the forehead.|
|A few of Rick's knives, these were the three types of knives used for the carving.|