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.

Yellow cedar charcuterie boards

Enjoy home-cooking – with beautiful charcuterie boards & spoons

By Phoebe Dunbar | March 24, 2020

  It’s late March and I haven’t posted a blog here since mid December! WHAT? How can this be? Its…

Phoebewood Kitchen Christmas sale

Raw Wood Gifts from Santa’s Workshop

By Phoebe Dunbar | December 16, 2019

It’s almost Christmas and my carving shed is still a bit like a messy Santa Claus workshop! Sanding by hand…

Winter fish

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…

PhoebeWood - Functional Burl Art by Phoebe Dunbar

The Return of the Salmon

By Phoebe Dunbar | September 27, 2019

September’s end is drawing near! With recent rain showers and the equinox earlier in the week more time is being…

Mini Phoebe by Linda Teneycke

My Mini-Me

By Phoebe Dunbar | August 29, 2019

My friend and fellow wood-worker Linda Teneycke gave me this sculpture. Isn’t it wonderful? Love that it came with a…

A Fusion of Wood and Metal

A Fusion of Wood and Metal

By Phoebe Dunbar | July 23, 2019

In 2018, I started to work with Foggy Mountain Forge to create designs that combine forge art with wood art. I love…

"Reverence For Wood" Art Demo

“Reverence For Wood” Art Demo

By Phoebe Dunbar | July 18, 2019

I will be performing an artist demo at the Sooke Fine Arts Show! Save the date if you want to…

PhoebeWood Summer Update

PhoebeWood Summer Update

By Phoebe Dunbar | July 17, 2019

June was a busy month creating wood work for two galleries/gift shops and the wood work sale for the Sooke…

Sourcing Wood Locally

Sourcing Wood Locally

By Phoebe Dunbar | May 29, 2019

Sourcing wood This spring we have been salvaging felled Maple and Garry Oak over in Metchosin on private lands. Especially…

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…

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