The Carving on the Edge Festival celebrates traditional and contemporary carving arts with something for everyone from lovers of arts & culture to carvers of all skill levels. This year’s festival features exhibits, forums, evening programs, workshops, demonstrations, cultural presentations and canoe tours. Sept 7-10

Come and experience the power of west coast carving at the Edge Art Show, a community exhibit that launches with the Carving on the Edge Festival and is hosted by the carvers on-site in the Open Carving Area. Sept 7-12

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September 2014

‘The Wood Speaks’ Festival Weekend

September 5, 2014 @ 9:00 AM - September 7, 2014 @ 5:00 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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Free and open to the public. Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 5pm daily. Carving Workshops and demos for all ages. Drop-in workshops on carving masks, turned burls, drums, bows, lino prints & more. Artists will be marketing their work as well as demonstrating. Artists at Work: Turned burl carving: Keith Plumley will have both turned and unturned burls for carving, ask him about sharpening tools. Drop in welcome. Traditional bow making demonstration: Dan Law will demonstrate various techniques used…

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August 2015

Family Carving Day

August 29, 2015 @ 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday Public Market – Tofino Village Green, 366 Campbell Street
Tofino, BC Canada
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Saturday, August 29  Family Carving Day  10 am – 2 pm Several Carvers will share techniques – Family & Children Fun Tofino Village Green Free for youth and family

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Wickaninnish Inn Carving Shed – Carvers in Action

August 29, 2015 @ 10:00 AM - September 13, 2015 @ 5:00 PM
Wickaninnish Inn, 500 Osprey Lane
Tofino, BC Canada
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Visit the Carving Shed on north Chesterman beach, the legendary home of the late carver Henry Nolla.  Henry was the principal carver of the architectural details of the Wickaninnish Inn as well as a teacher & mentor to many of Tofino’s finest carvers.  The Carving Shed has been a Tofino landmark for over 30 years and remains a local carving hub. Featuring George Yearsley , Christen Dokk Smith and others Link: www.wickinn.com/carving-shed Wickaninnish Inn Carving Shed – Carvers in Action…

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2015 Carving on the Edge Festival

August 29, 2015 @ 10:00 AM - September 10, 2015 @ 5:00 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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Carving on the Edge Festival is a celebration of the West coast carver held each year on the beautiful West coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Festival events showcase traditional and contemporary West coast wood carving with exhibits, forums, feasts, family programs and demonstrations. The 2015 festival events are scheduled from August 29th to September 10th, 2015 @ Shore Pier on the Water, 368 Main Street, Tofino, BC, Canada. Let us know if you are planning to join us or…

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2015 Artist-In-Residence: Nuu-chah-nulth carver Gordon Dick

August 31, 2015 @ 9:00 AM - September 7, 2015 @ 5:00 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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Nuu-chah-nulth artist Gordon Dick will be the 2015 Carving on the Edge Festival's Artist in Residence. Gordon will be on site beginning Monday, August 31 for 8 days, carving from start to finish a 10 foot cedar panel, demonstrating his craftsmanship and skills. Within a contemporary design, the carved panel will represent Gordon's first memories and teachings from his late grandfather: the responsibilities that were taught to him through fishing. The carving is meant to speak to the importance of passing on…

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September 2015

2015 Carving Edge Art Show

September 1, 2015 @ 10:00 AM - September 9, 2015 @ 6:00 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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September 1 thru September 92015 Carving Edge Art Show10 am – 6 pm dailyTraditional and contemporary west coast carving artsShore Pier Events Building on the water, 368 Main St. Tofino

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Paddle Making Workshop with Carl Martin

September 1, 2015 @ 10:00 AM - September 9, 2015 @ 4:00 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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$200

Carl Martin has been carving canoes and paddles, as well as museum quality Nuu-chah-nulth artifacts since the 1960’s, and along with his brothers Joe and the late Billy Martin, is responsible for keeping the traditional art of canoe-making alive in British Columbia.

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Carving on the Edge Festival Opening

September 1, 2015 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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2015 Carving on the Edge Festival Art Show Opening September 1 Free and open to the public Tuesday evening 7:30pm – 9:30pm Shore Pier Events Room on the water, 368 Main St. Find out more: Join us for the ART SHOW opening celebration. Traditional welcoming to the Tla-o-qui-aht territory with drumming and singing, meet the carving artists, view this year’s Art Show, and share food with new friends.

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Introduction to Wood Carving with Hand Tools

September 4, 2015 @ 10:30 AM - September 6, 2015 @ 2:00 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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Introduction to Wood Carving with Hand Tools with Tofino carver Robinson Cook Come for a 3-hour introduction into the craft of wood carving. Five Sessions, Limit: 6. You are welcome to sign up at carvingfest@gmail.com: Fri. Sept 4th:  10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm Sat. Sept 5th:  10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm Sun. Sept 6th: 10am-1pm You can pick a project with wood with tools provided, or bring your own wood and ideas. This year we will do some relief carving on a plaque or you…

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Kestrel Tool Workshop

September 4, 2015 @ 1:00 PM - September 6, 2015 @ 1:00 PM
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Kestrel Tool, a small artisan run tool shop on Lopez Island Washington, will be demonstrating sharpening  techniques, hand-crafted tools, and answering questions for three days over the Festival's main weekend. Kestrel tool has been making Northwest Coast style wood carving tools since the mid 1970s. Gregg Blomberg met Bill Holm and other Northwest Coast artists through Camp Nor'Wester after moving to Lopez Island in the 1960's.  Working there, he became enamored with the art of the Coast, and began to try…

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Lino Print Making with Marika Swan

September 4, 2015 @ 2:00 PM - September 5, 2015 @ 4:40 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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Everyone welcome. Friday, September 5 and Saturday, September 6. Free Workshop – 2.5 hours Begins at 2 pm daily. Shore Pier Gallery on the water – 368 Main Street

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Traditional Canoe Cultural Tours

September 4, 2015 @ 2:30 PM - September 5, 2015 @ 5:30 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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Paddle a carved Traditional Canoe with T’ashii Paddle School for a one-hour tour. Friday, Sept 4, departing 2:30, 4:30 & 5:30pm. Saturday, Sept 5, departing 4:30 & 5:30 pm by donation. Tashii Paddle School is a truly unique way to get out on the water and explore in Tofino (Tla-o-qui-aht territory). “T’ashii” meaning path on land or on water. T’ashii offers an authentic cultural experience by paddling a hand crafted 24foot dug out canoe and experiencing the waters of Clayoquot…

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‘Coastal Roots: Wood & Water’ Festival Weekend with Master Carvers, Film & Food Friday, Sept 4

September 4, 2015 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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‘Coastal Roots: Wood & Water’ with Master Carvers, Film & Food, September 4 & 5, by donation. Join us for two evenings of presentations by historians and master carvers on First Nations history & traditions & contemporary explorations. Friday evening, September 4, 2015 - 7:30pm – 9:30pm 7:30pm: In Transformation: the Evolution of West Coast Cultural Expression by Marika Swan Contemporary Nuu-chah-nulth artist Marika Swan will present slides from her research at UBC's Museum of Anthropology and share her views…

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‘Coastal Roots: Wood & Water’ Festival Weekend with Master Carvers, Film & Food Saturday, Sept 5

September 5, 2015 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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‘Coastal Roots: Wood & Water’ with Master Carvers, Film & Food, September 4 & 5, by donation. Join us for two evenings of presentations by historians and master carvers on First Nations history, traditions & contemporary explorations. Saturday evening September 5     7:30pm – 9:30pm.  Origin Stories with Carver Kevin Cranmer  From northern Vancouver Island, Kwakiutl artist Kevin Cranmer will share the cultural roots that link to family lineage through names, songs, dances and ceremonial pieces - the visual and tangible expressions…

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September 2016

Saturday Market Carving Demonstration – Saturday September 10, 2016

September 10, 2016 @ 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday Public Market – Tofino Village Green, 366 Campbell Street
Tofino, BC Canada
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Come on down to the Saturday market for an opportunity to try out some carving tools under the guidance of experienced carvers. Sculptures in progress will set up and the public will get a 1 on 1 tutorial with some basic hand tools. Hosted by Robinson Cook and Gordon Dick

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Weeping Cedar Woman Dedication – Tofino Public Art

September 11, 2016 @ 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tofino Village Green, 366 Campbell Street
Tofino, BC - British Columbia V0R 2Z0 Canada
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The Weeping Cedar Woman, carved in 1984 by artist Godfrey Stephens, has returned to Tofino as a public art acquisition by the District of Tofino. Join us for its dedication on Sunday, September 11 at 3pm. The celebration will include a traditional Tla-o-qui-aht blessing by Levi Martin, a welcome by Mayor Josie Osborne, and stories by the artist and friends. Weeping Cedar Woman was carved to aid the protest of logging the ancient rainforests of Clayoquot Sound with a message…

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Opening for the Carving Art Show – Wednesday September 14, 2016 Evening

September 14, 2016 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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Join us for the ART SHOW opening celebration. Traditional welcoming to the Tla-o-qui-aht territory with drumming and singing, meet the carving artists, view this year’s Art Show, and share some snacks with new friends. This year's Carving Art Show features the Virtual Museum Project, a multi-media installation on a curated collection of carved Nuu-chah-nulth items being held in museums across the world. There will also be a display honouring the carving career of the late George David.

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Bentwood Box Workshop – Friday September 16, 2016

September 16, 2016 @ 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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$250

Tla-o-qui-aht master canoe carver Joe Martin will introduce the traditional teachings and uses of the Huupukwanum, or the Nuu-chah-nulth bentwood box. The Huupukwanum has many utilitarian purposes for the Nuu-chah-nulth people but also carries a strong symbology around the teachings, rights, dances and songs held by the chiefs.  Participants will have the opportunity to steam and fasten their own 8 x 11 inch box using cedar. This is a full day workshop and will take place on the Shore Pier outside under the…

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Introduction to Relief Carving – Friday September 16, 2016 – Morning

September 16, 2016 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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$55

This workshop is designed for beginner carvers and will cover an understanding of wood grain, alignment and west coast wood species. There will be instruction on the safe use, care of, and basic sharpening of hand carving tools. Participants will learn the basic elements of carving design and will complete their own 12-14" circle of clear yellow cedar.Workshop cost includes carving grade prepared round of wood and use of professional quality tools. Please bring your own tools if you have…

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Woodblock Printmaking Workshop – Friday September 16, 2016 – Morning

September 16, 2016 @ 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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$30

These workshops are designed for participants that have some experience with relief print-making (lino or wood). Participants will have the opportunity to carve their own designs on locally salvaged yellow cedar wood blocks (5x8) using high quality woodcutting tools. They will use these to create a small run of prints using the artist's custom made 24" intaglio press with archival paper and inks. Space for 10 participants. Hosted by Dan Law. Applications for some bursaries available, contact us to learn more. About…

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Paddle a Dugout Canoe to the Old-Growth Rainforest – Friday September 16, 2016

September 16, 2016 @ 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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$89

Join local ecologist Dan Harrison and Tla-o-qui-aht canoe guide Marika Swan for a uniquely integrated traditional paddle and guided walk through the old-growth forest on Wanachis-Hilth-huu-is (aka Meares Island). This tour will include both scientific and cultural perspectives on our coastal rainforests and the stories of the land and trees that are central to carving culture on the West Coast. You will learn about the natural history of coastal rainforests, including the evolution and development of these rare ecosystems. You…

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Tool Sharpening Demonstration – Friday September 16, 2016

September 16, 2016 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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by donation

During lunchtime Norwegian carver Christen Dokk Smith will be demonstrating an array of sharpening techniques for wood carvers. Donations welcomed. Artist Bio Christen Dokk Smith was born in Norway and grew up on the countryside outside of the city. After a long career in sports and military, Christen was introduced to Bjarte Aarseth, a master woodcarver at the Vikingship museum in Oslo. Bjarte accepted him as his apprentice and trained Christen in classical Viking, Medieval, Baroque, Rococco carving. Christen moved…

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Introduction to Relief Carving – Friday September 16, 2016 – Afternoon

September 16, 2016 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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$55

This workshop is designed for beginner carvers and will cover an understanding of wood grain, alignment and west coast wood species. There will be instruction on the safe use, care of, and basic sharpening of hand carving tools. Participants will learn the basic elements of carving design and will complete their own 12-14" circle of clear yellow cedar. Workshop cost includes carving grade prepared round of wood and use of professional quality tools. Please bring your own tools if you…

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Woodblock Printmaking Workshop – Friday September 16, 2016 – Afternoon

September 16, 2016 @ 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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$30

These workshops are designed for participants that have some experience with relief print-making (lino or wood). Participants will have the opportunity to carve their own designs on locally salvaged yellow cedar wood blocks (5x8) using high quality woodcutting tools. They will use these to create a small run of prints using the artist's custom made 24" intaglio press with archival paper and inks. Space for 10 participants. Hosted by Dan Law. Applications for some bursaries available, contact us to learn more. About…

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“The Land is Our Teacher”, Evening Presentation Friday September 16, 2016

September 16, 2016 @ 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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Free

KEYNOTE SPEAKER Gisele Maria Martin, Tla-o-qui-aht Language Apprentice with Special Guests Tla-o-qui-aht people and the life force of this land are one. Our Nuu-chah-nulth language reflects our identity and place. The words we speak carve a life of connection, or cut us into colonial wilderness. Explore the carving of this home with us. Introduction by Tla-o-qui-aht Elder, Levi Martin. Levi will be sharing the spiritual teachings of the Tla-o-qui-aht carver's relationship to the trees in the ancient forest. BIO Gisele…

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Bentwood Box Workshop – Saturday September 17, 2016

September 17, 2016 @ 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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$250

Tla-o-qui-aht master canoe carver Joe Martin will introduce the traditional teachings and uses of the Huupukwanum, or the Nuu-chah-nulth bentwood box. The Huupukwanum has many utilitarian purposes for the Nuu-chah-nulth people but also carries a strong symbology around the teachings, rights, dances and songs held by the chiefs.  Participants will have the opportunity to steam and fasten their own 8 x 11 inch box using cedar. This is a full day workshop and will take place on the Shore Pier outside under the…

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Introduction to Relief Carving – Saturday September 17, 2016 – Morning

September 17, 2016 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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$55

This workshop is designed for beginner carvers and will cover an understanding of wood grain, alignment and west coast wood species. There will be instruction on the safe use, care of, and basic sharpening of hand carving tools. Participants will learn the basic elements of carving design and will complete their own 12-14" circle of clear yellow cedar.Workshop cost includes carving grade prepared round of wood and use of professional quality tools. Please bring your own tools if you have…

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Printmaking for Families – Saturday September 17, 2016

September 17, 2016 @ 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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$5

Drop in printmaking for youth and families. This workshop is designed for beginners. Participants will have the opportunity to design a 4 x 6 foam block which they will use to create a small run of prints using the artist's custom made 24" intaglio press. There is an option to upgrade from foam to lino blocks for an extra $5. Family rates available.

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Paddle a Dugout Canoe to the Old-Growth Rainforest – Saturday September 17, 2016

September 17, 2016 @ 12:00 PM - 4:30 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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$89

Join local ecologist Dan Harrison and Tla-o-qui-aht canoe guide Marika Swan for a uniquely integrated traditional paddle and guided walk through the old-growth forest on Wanachis-Hilth-huu-is (aka Meares Island). This tour will include both scientific and cultural perspectives on our coastal rainforests and the stories of the land and trees that are central to carving culture on the West Coast. You will learn about the natural history of coastal rainforests, including the evolution and development of these rare ecosystems. You…

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Tool Sharpening Demonstration – Saturday September 17, 2016

September 17, 2016 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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by donation

During lunchtime Norwegian carver Christen Dokk Smith will be demonstrating an array of sharpening techniques for wood carvers. Donations welcomed. Artist Bio Christen Dokk Smith was born in Norway and grew up on the countryside outside of the city. After a long career in sports and military, Christen was introduced to Bjarte Aarseth, a master woodcarver at the Vikingship museum in Oslo. Bjarte accepted him as his apprentice and trained Christen in classical Viking, Medieval, Baroque, Rococco carving. Christen moved to…

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Introduction to Relief Carving – Saturday September 17, 2016 – Afternoon

September 17, 2016 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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$55

This workshop is designed for beginner carvers and will cover an understanding of wood grain, alignment and west coast wood species. There will be instruction on the safe use, care of, and basic sharpening of hand carving tools. Participants will learn the basic elements of carving design and will complete their own 12-14" circle of clear yellow cedar. Workshop cost includes carving grade prepared round of wood and use of professional quality tools. Please bring your own tools if you…

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Mask Making with Tim Paul – Saturday September 17, 2016

September 17, 2016 @ 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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free

Demonstrations on the hand tools and cuts used in Nuu-chah-nulth traditional mask making. Hosted by Tim Paul. BIO Artist Tim Paul was born in 1950 in the isolated village of Esperanza Inlet, north of Tofino on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. He began carving in 1975 under the direction of Ben Andrews and later with John Livingston at the Arts of the Raven studio in Victoria, BC. He accepted the position of Assistant Carver to Richard Hunt at the…

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The Legacy of Hilary Stewart, Saturday September 17, 2016 – 8 pm

September 17, 2016 @ 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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Author Vickie Jensen will present the life work of the late Hilary Stewart, whose work and study of the coastal peoples through thoughtful collaboration with experts and elders (often one and the same), hands-on teaching, artistic exploration, and an ethical approach to living on this planet has left an important legacy in British Columbia. Hilary Stewart was an award-winning author, illustrator and advocate of archaeology and Northwest Coast First Nations cultures. Her publications such as Indian Artifacts of the Northwest Coast (1973),…

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Introduction to Relief Carving – Sunday September 18, 2016 – Morning

September 18, 2016 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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$55

This workshop is designed for beginner carvers and will cover an understanding of wood grain, alignment and west coast wood species. There will be instruction on the safe use, care of, and basic sharpening of hand carving tools. Participants will learn the basic elements of carving design and will complete their own 12-14" circle of clear yellow cedar.Workshop cost includes carving grade prepared round of wood and use of professional quality tools. Please bring your own tools if you have…

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Mask Making with Tim Paul – Sunday September 18, 2016

September 18, 2016 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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free

Demonstrations on the hand tools and cuts used in Nuu-chah-nulth traditional mask making. Hosted by Tim Paul. BIO Artist Tim Paul was born in 1950 in the isolated village of Esperanza Inlet, north of Tofino on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. He began carving in 1975 under the direction of Ben Andrews and later with John Livingston at the Arts of the Raven studio in Victoria, BC. He accepted the position of Assistant Carver to Richard Hunt at the…

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Social Media Strategies for Artists – Sunday September 18, 2016

September 18, 2016 @ 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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free

How to market your business with Instagram and Facebook Stories. Tip and tricks to increase engagement. hosted by Jennifer Steven Jennifer Steven has over 20 years experience in business and art gallery retail. She is the Gallery Director & CEO of Eagle Aerie Gallery in Tofino, an artist owned gallery by Roy Henry Vickers. She has a Diploma in Public Relations and a Certificate in Social Media. As a entrepreneur, Jennifer has started 3 businesses, including her new gift shop…

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The Gallery Session – Sunday September 18, 2016

September 18, 2016 @ 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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free

This session will provide a brief overview of the function and goals of a successful gallery and how they can benefit the artist. This will include what the gallery can offer artists and what the gallery in turns asks of the artist. The nature of the relationship should strive to be collaborative, productive, honest, and result in artistic and economic success for the artist and gallery. Hosted by Rebecca Blanchard Rebecca Blanchard has worked at the Stonington Gallery for 35 years, with 20…

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Grant writing for Artists – Sunday September 18, 2016

September 18, 2016 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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free

Hosted by the First Peoples’ Cultural Council and BC Arts Council Cathi Charles Wherry, Arts Program Manager at the First Peoples’ Cultural Council, and Monique Lacerte, Community Arts Programs Officer at the BC Arts Council, will partner on the delivery of this grant writing workshop. Get an overview of these two arts funding organizations, and learn the basics of writing a strong application. Ask questions about what grants are available for you and your organization, and learn the best way…

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