The Carving Shed

Welcome to my "Carving Shed". This is where I write about my process, from sourcing the wood to creating my art to finding a loving home for my creations.

REVIEW: Art of the Forest and Turbulent Sea

REVIEW: Art of the Forest and Turbulent Sea

By Grahame Ware | February 11, 2019

Out of the Woods – reviewed by Grahame Ware Grahame Ware has written a wonderful, in-depth review of Out of…

My Winter Routine

By Phoebe Dunbar | January 20, 2019

We are now into mid January, and after the holidays and visitors, I have now settled more into a winter…

INTERVIEW: Sheryl MacKay (NxNW, CBC)

INTERVIEW: Sheryl MacKay (NxNW, CBC)

By Phoebe Dunbar | January 17, 2019

In December, CBC’s Sheryl MacKay came to visit my carving shed and did a short interview for her CBC radio…

VIDEO: Out Of The Woods Book Launch

VIDEO: Out Of The Woods Book Launch

By Phoebe Dunbar | December 22, 2018

If you couldn’t come to our book launch for Out of the Woods on November 4 at Sooke Harbour House – here’s…

Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas

By Phoebe Dunbar | December 21, 2018

This December, I have been making a few wood creations for family and friends – Christmas presents.  The carving bench…

Menagerie in the Studio

Menagerie in the Studio

By Phoebe Dunbar | December 21, 2018

For whimsical times when I go beyond bowls, I carve animals to play around with three-dimensional pieces to delight my…

Windswept

Windswept

By Phoebe Dunbar | November 26, 2018

In the summer of 2017, I first met Marty and his son Justin out at Foggy Mountain Forge. Naturally, I…

Christmas Craft Fair Season

Christmas Craft Fair Season

By Phoebe Dunbar | November 26, 2018

Its been a busy, rewarding November. The Heritage House-sponsored book launch events went very well… so enjoyed by our woodworkers,…

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.

Book Launch: Save the Date!

By Phoebe Dunbar | October 4, 2018

Since early August, we have been supporting Heritage House Publishers in planning the promotion for the release of our woodworkers…

finding wood to take home

Sourcing and Seasoning the Carving Woods

By Phoebe Dunbar | February 22, 2021

An activity some of our local wood workers love to take part in: Recent fall clean ups and serious pruning…

birds with forged beaks

Showcasing, Gifting and Selling my Wood Art

By Phoebe Dunbar | February 15, 2021

It’s been some time, so here’s an update featuring many of the items I’ve created over the winter. During the…

unfinished wood bowls

Unfinished Wood Art

By Phoebe Dunbar | February 5, 2021

I love to photograph recently-sanded but not-yet-oiled bowls on my carving bench.  They cast a different type of patina, texture…

diamond willow walking sticks out for a walk

Diamonds in the Rough

By Phoebe Dunbar | January 22, 2021

Prelude When I first started to carve around 2005 and 2006, undergoing some timeout from knee replacements, I carved in…

Phoebewood walking sticks, red cedar bowl and house signs

Walking Sticks & House Signs

By Phoebe Dunbar | August 15, 2020

Its still Covid time out here on the west coast. This means times are still slow for Phoebewood this summer.…

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