Getting back into the Carving Shed

by Phoebe Dunbar | November 12, 2019

In spite of less time in the carving shed the last two months because of a family illness, I still carve when I can. Sadly, with other responsivities on the home front, it’s not possible to carve a lot these days. Regardless – I have created a few functional bowls, fish and some other three-dimensional pieces… AND I have tidied up some of my storage area where a lot of carving wood has been stashed aside in such a way it was becoming difficult to see what I had available!


By giving some of the wood away and re-organizing what remains in the wood storage shed, I now know what’s in the inventory! Some wonderful uttered exclamations when I found pieces of raw attractive wood I had long forgotten about. Can hardly wait for winter and rainy days to carve more and see how the wood presents itself and what the carving will become! The creative process that feeds the soul.



My works have been exhibited this fall at the South Shore Gallery here in Sooke, and the Foggy Mountain Forge gift shop where my wood becomes something else – metal and wood fused – a fun collaboration for sure. STOKED Wood Fired Pizzeria‘s gift shop still have some of my wood art. I have exhibited wood sculptures as well at the local medical clinic here in Sooke to the delight of the many citizens and fans who pass through this busy clinic.


This past week I entered two pieces into the Sooke Arts Council Eclectic Art Show – a seasoned arbutus 3D piece, A Prayer, and a very old piece of fir titled In My Hand. I am looking forward to sharing a booth with one of my Sooke carver friends, Mike Downey, at the The Biggest, Little Christmas Craft Fair here in Sooke, Saturday November 23rd, Sooke Community Hall, across from MUM’s Café. So I have less than two weeks now to finish an assortment of spoons, stir sticks, lifters and red plum cheeseboards, and I hope some red and yellow cedar fish platters.


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