Out of the Woods. Woodworkers along the Salish Sea

A breathtaking art book profiling twenty-six wood carvers, sculptors, and artisans who draw inspiration from the natural beauty of the Salish Sea.


Twenty-six woodworkers are featured in this book published by Heritage House Publishing. The book is a stunning art book, photographed by Roth & Ramberg, written by Pirjo Raits from Sooke, designed by Lara Minja of Lime Design in Victoria. I am one of the proud collaborators who initiated the production of the book back in 2016. We are very proud to feature 14 Sooke area woodworkers and 12 others living along the Salish Sea up to Denman Island.

Over two years in the making, Out of the Woods was finally released during an Open House event here in Sooke, on a Sunday afternoon in November 2018.  You can order it on amazon.ca.

Out of the Woods


“It could be a pile of driftwood on a rock-strewn beach resembling the bleached bones of some ancient creature. It could be the old growth of the lush coastal rain forests, or the winds that blow across the water like a life-affirming force. The Salish Sea inspires artists working in many mediums, but there is no greater representation of the symbiotic relationship between natural environment and creative energy than woodworking.

Out of the Woods profiles twenty-six dynamic artists who use wood to create an amazing range of work. Among them is Phoebe Dunbar, a carver who searches for hidden treasures among logging waste to create one-of-a-kind bowls and vessels. Charles Elliott, a member of the T’sartlip First Nation, is a world-renowned carver and tireless advocate for Coast Salish art. Mike Randall is a west coast modernist who creates furniture and lighting that is minimal in size but large on impact. Carey Newman, Kwakwaka’wakw master carver, mentored by the late Bill Reid, takes a contemporary yet traditional approach to his work.

Although they have diverse backgrounds and practices, these woodworkers place importance on sustainability, preservation of wild places, and respect for natural materials. Featuring exquisite photography of the artists in their studios, and full-colour images of their works, Out of the Woods is a stunning display of skill, creativity, and the depth of artistic talent along the Salish Sea.”


Out of the Woods has been on the BC best sellers list since its release (nine consecutive weeks and counting…) and has sold over 1800 copies so far!

The book is featured in the “Books for Everybody” Gift Guide, which is a BC books catalogue distributed to bookstores across the province. One of many wonderful reviews our book has received so far.


Out of the Woods.: Woodworkers along the Salish Sea.


Here is a video from the book launch at Sooke Harbour House on November 4th!