This year’s festival theme explored the expressive power of wood, both in artistic expression and also as a powerful and sacred part of nature. The programming explored wood in art, as seen in ceremonial carvings, unique skills like burl carving and bow making, and accessible skills like lino cuts and bowl carving. A highlight of the workshop programming for the weekend was a paddle-making workshop with Carl Martin.
One of the cornerstone values of Carving on the Edge is cultural sharing. This year’s festival saw not only cultural sharing between Indigenous and non-Indigenous carvers as with Joe David’s “Life of a Carver” presentation and Gordon Dick’s mask carving demonstration but also local, Northwest coast style carving and international carving, with Christen Dokk-Smith’s presentation on Contemporary Norwegian Carving.
The Edge Art Show was held again at the Shore Pier, with 22 artists exhibiting. T’ashii Paddle School led canoe tours and carving demonstrations took place all throughout the weekend.
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