2017 – A Good Year

by Phoebe Dunbar | December 6, 2017

Summer is the time to not always be in the carving shed. However, when I was there I was carving new woods that were donated to me – arbutus, maple, Garry oak, black walnut – I went beyond bowls to discover the joys of 3D works and sculptures.  As well, I donated some of my works to support our community programs and causes I believe in – Charter CR Salmon Interpretative Centre, Sooke Community Choir, new businesses like the pizzeria out near French Beach, service club auctions etc.


In August I purchased a new tool –  a lithium battery powered small chain saw that comes with me on many of the outings  into the bog meadows and old growth forests, and clear cuts.  Our favourite placds to source woods are now deep in snow, so will have to wait to next spring again to source some more!


My yew wood Last Tree Standing sculpture was installed, on loan, in Premier John Horgan’s office, BC.’s legislative buildings in August!

Last Tree Standing


In November, I traveled with our book team for a week visiting  10 more wood carvers living along the Salish Sea, how inspiring to see what others are doing.  They will be included in our book  Out of the Woods, Woodcarvers Along the Salish Sea.

This fall, I was part of a number of craft shows, and sold a lot of pieces. I do cherish the carving shed’s solitude, but it is always so rewarding and encouraging to connect with people over the art!

Winter rains have now arrived. I am looking forward to spending more hours down in the carving shed to discover what can be, what might be and what is!!

Now that the wet and colder weather is here the hours in the carving shed will increase … its time to start making more wood art for 2018 shows and sales.  I will continue to discover and create pleasing new wood art designs and functions. Can’t wait.


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