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.

Phoebe on "Sooke Talks"

Phoebe on “Sooke Talks”

By Phoebe Dunbar | February 21, 2018

Co-presented by the EMCS Society & Sooke Harbour Toastmasters Club Stories, insights, and experiences from Sooke region residents “Ask around, eavesdrop…

Welcoming Winter 2018

From Start to Finish: Spalted Maple Shell Bowls

By Phoebe Dunbar | January 20, 2018

Follow a piece of raw wood: through sculpting, sanding, and oiling, becoming a beautiful display piece . . . Over…

Welcoming Winter 2018

Welcoming Winter 2018

By Phoebe Dunbar | January 5, 2018

It’s time to spend more hours down in the shed, and see what will evolve this next season that will…

Where the Magic Happens

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…

Last Tree Standing

Last Tree Standing

By Phoebe Dunbar | December 5, 2017

A number of yew trees grow on Jordan Ridge, 6 to 7 kilometers north of Jordan River, west of Sooke.…

From Start to Finish: Arbutus Bowl

From Start to Finish: Arbutus Bowl

By Phoebe Dunbar | December 4, 2017

For me as an artist, the challenge and creativity starts when I acquire a burl. A Wood Bowl’s Journey The…

Where the Magic Happens

Where The Magic Happens

By Phoebe Dunbar | December 3, 2017

… The Magic of the Carving Shed Becoming an artist, that was my quest 10 years ago.  Building the carving…

Sourcing the Wood

Sourcing the Wood

By Phoebe Dunbar | December 2, 2017

Often I get asked, where do you get your wood? Finding and procuring (sourcing) the raw wood can be as…

About Burls

About Burls

By Phoebe Dunbar | December 1, 2017

Have you had the good fortune to walk in an ancient forest and see a burl? It is not often…

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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