Celebration of the Coastal Carver

March 26th-28th, 2021

2021 Carving on the Edge Festival

The 2021 Carving on the Edge Festival provided a virtual space for the community of carvers that have gathered for nearly a decade to celebrate carving, share knowledge and nurture relationships. Our Board of Directors collaborated on the curation of a program that married the spirit of the festival with the innovation of delivery on a virtual platform. 2020 presented challenges that continued on into 2021 and it was the creativity and curiosity of our community that allowed the festival to continue virtually. We are grateful for the generosity and enthusiasm of our presenters and festival participants. It is the community that makes this festival special. 

Live sessions, such as the Hesquiaht Language Action Stories & Language Session, Experiential Panel Discussion on Cultural Appropriation, Joe Martin’s čapaciił presentation, In the Making: Artist Show & Tell, and the Artist Talk with Hjalmer Wenstob,  were all recorded and uploaded to our YouTube channel. Several films produced for the festival premiered on YouTube including the series Carver to Carver, hosted by Gordon Dick, Robinson Cook’s five-part workshop Introduction to Wood Carving with Hand Tools and Gisele Martin’s film  čapaciił~Traditional Canoe Carving in ƛaʔuukʷiʔatḥ Tribal Parks with Joe Martin. These films have continued to be meaningful resources for learning and conversation beyond the festival. 

A Self-Guided Walking Tour Map provided a way for festival participants on the Esowista Peninsula to view local public carvings in Tofino, Ucluelet and the Pacific Rim National Park. 

Festival at a Glance

Festival Poster

Credit: Court Dheensaw (design)

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