Paddle Carving
This workshop, hosted by Rick (Xwa'lack'tun) Harry, takes carvers through paddle carving.
Saturday, September 10th
9:00AM - 4:00PM


Rick (Xwa'lack'tun) and James Harry


Carving on the Edge Festival



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Join Xwa'lack'tun and James Harry as they guide participants through the process of shaping a small 3-foot paddle from a 1” x 6” plank of wood. Shape, form, carve and style your paddle into something beautiful. A brilliant gift or something for your wall at home. This workshop is for novice to intermediate carvers. Bring your own tools if you have them, especially draw knives and shaping tools.

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Rick (Xwa'lack'tun) and James Harry

Mr. Rick Harry (Xwalacktun) has produced a prodigious body of artwork and an enduring legacy of goodwill. A highly skilled artist and teacher, Mr. Harry has made healing, growth, respect and giving back to the community central themes in his life.

Born and raised in Squamish, Mr. Harry was educated at Emily Carr College of Art and Capilano College before embarking on a 30-year career as an internationally recognized artist and cultural ambassador. He works in wood, glass and steel and is best known for his remarkable wood carvings.

Mr. Harry’s carvings can be seen in high-profile locations in the Lower Mainland. These are among more than 80 pieces he has carved for schools and other institutions throughout B.C. and around the world. Mr. Harry was the first Aboriginal artist chosen to receive a licence to produce 2010 Olympics-related designs.

With influence extending well beyond B.C.’s borders, Mr. Harry has been commissioned by galleries in New York and New Hampshire to produce carvings. He has been featured on high-profile television programs, including Sesame Street, and has – for a decade – conducted totem carving classes in Scotland, helping people there preserve their own heritage.

Over the years, Mr. Harry has become a highly acclaimed artist, a link between the Squamish Nation and other communities, and a great representative of British Columbia.

James Harry 

James Harry was born of Squamish Nation and Namgis descent in 1989. James began carving in early childhood with his father, Xwalacktun. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, in 2014 and completed an internship in the United Kingdom in 2011 where he learned metal casting and taught Coast Salish sculpture, painting and drawing in Scottish communities.

Harry’s diverse portfolio includes cedar carvings, metal carvings, light installations and murals. Harry has created large-scale and prominent public art pieces across the Lower Mainland for over a decade, including:

  • YVR Airport, metal totem - 2011

  • UBC, cedar/metal carving (permanent installation) - 2016

  • City of Richmond, storm drain design - 2018

  • Vancouver School Board, 44’ totem - 2019

  • Cineplex Cinemas, Park Royal  “Xwemelch’stn” (2019)

  • Blackcomb/Whistler Mountain Designs

  • Washington Whatcom Community College (Permanent installation) - 2021



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