In Time for the Salmon Run (PhoebeWood)

My workshop has been busy making up handsome carving boards of yew and spalted maple for Foggy Mountain Forge.  The two spalted maple boards shown in the photo have yet to be sanded and oiled. The boards, which average 1″ to 2″ thick,  10″ to 12″ wide and 20″ long are taken out to the Forge, where Marty and Justin create handsome handles which sell quickly! I never got a chance to photograph them. Next time! They also have used some of my smaller bowls – yellow cedar and apple wood for attractive stand-alone forge art and wood sculptures.

In my workshop, currently I have spalted maple boards to finish before taking them out beyond French Beach to Marty and Justin’s forge. They want more seasoned thick , wide yew wood planks, which are hard to come by.

Spalted Maple for Carving Boards


My carving benches are full of half finished yellow cedar dishes and platters – all with interesting grain patterns – birds eye and a pattern that looks like coral like seaweeds. Once they are sanded up to 220 or 320 grit and oiled, their features of colour and grain patterns will be most attractive. It is this time of year when we see the salmon return to the river that I am inspired to carve more salmon and seashells – art pieces and functional fish dishes!

Unfinished Yellow Cedar Dishes and Platters



When I feel whimsical, I also carve other animals –  owls, pelicans, cormorants. Right now, I am carving a red cedar dog cuddling a captured rabbit. It is very much unfinished. It is sitting on the carving bench ready for me to give it more definition. Fun to do…

Dog and Rabbit


Some of my inventory is being sold out at French Beach Stoked Wood Fired Pizzeria. This restaurant and gift shop is open most days from 4 to 9 (but closed on Wednesdays). After New Years Eve, they will be closed for the winter. I will also be selling at several Sooke arts and craft fairs and shows this coming fall, as well as from my home studio.