Posts by Phoebe Dunbar

The Return of the Salmon

PhoebeWood - Functional Burl Art by Phoebe Dunbar

September’s end is drawing near! With recent rain showers and the equinox earlier in the week more time is being spent down in the carving shed. Commissions and a craft show in November are keeping me busy. I love searching through the shed’s wood supply to pull out different shapes and species of found wood.…

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My Mini-Me

Mini Phoebe by Linda Teneycke

My friend and fellow wood-worker Linda Teneycke gave me this sculpture. Isn’t it wonderful? Love that it came with a cedar bowl and chainsaw! Linda also does pottery, furniture, wood-carving… a woman of many talents, indeed!

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A Fusion of Wood and Metal

A Fusion of Wood and Metal

In 2018, I started to work with Foggy Mountain Forge to create designs that combine forge art with wood art. I love to see what is possible given how creative Marty and his son Justin are with the pieces of finished wood I bring out to them occasionally. They sell finished pieces in their gift shop, as…

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“Reverence For Wood” Art Demo

"Reverence For Wood" Art Demo

I will be performing an artist demo at the Sooke Fine Arts Show! Save the date if you want to come and see it… Reverence For Wood  – Saturday, August 3rd,  1:30 pm Join Sooke resident and wood artist, Phoebe Dunbar for a lively and informative conversation focusing on the reverence for wood. Become inspired! …

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PhoebeWood Summer Update

PhoebeWood Summer Update

June was a busy month creating wood work for two galleries/gift shops and the wood work sale for the Sooke Philharmonic Garden Tour. PhoebeWood items were available for purchase by the orchard apple shack at the Sunriver Community Gardens, while Sooke’s Harmony players entertained the garden visitors by the orchard’s pond garden.   I had…

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Sourcing Wood Locally

Sourcing Wood Locally

Sourcing wood This spring we have been salvaging felled Maple and Garry Oak over in Metchosin on private lands. Especially challenging was the cutting away of a Maple root ball to take home to season. Root balls are rich in colour and grain patterns from absorbing the nutrients, found in the soil in which they…

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A Peek Behind the Carving Shed Door

A Peek Behind the Carving Shed Door

… what’s inside my actual carving shed?   I have taken some new photos that you might find interesting! Here’s my dusty walls with port holes for fresh air! It’s always a joy to look outside for a break.   My shelves are filled with the various tools I use, such as these sanding discs…

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Secret Garden Tour & Other Upcoming Events!

Secret Garden Tour & Other Upcoming Events!

It’s high time I updated the carving shed blog! Spring is still with us, and I have been busy carving down in the shed, when not gardening and enjoying a lot of natural history here in Sooke and beyond… photography, wildlife viewing, gardening, bicycling and when possible out sourcing wood with friends and other carvers.…

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BC Bestseller for 18 Consecutive Weeks…

BC Bestseller for 18 Consecutive Weeks...

Out of the Woods has been on the BC best sellers list since its release (eighteen consecutive weeks and counting…) and has sold over 1800 copies so far!   The book was featured in the “Books for Everybody” Gift Guide, which is a BC books catalogue distributed to bookstores across the province. One of many…

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VIDEO: Phoebe on “Sooke Talks”

VIDEO: Phoebe on "Sooke Talks"

One year ago, on the snowy night of February 21, 2018, Sooke Talks #1 debuted. Here’s a video replay of the talk I gave on wood, finding your voice, and building communities!   “MC Tania Ehman introduces Phoebe Dunbar (Recipient of the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award), a local legend who, for nearly 50 years,…

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