Carving Edge Festival 2012 Artists

2012 Featured Carving Artists

Joe David, Tim Paul, Joe Martin, Carl Martin, Mark Mickey, Keith Plumley, Levina Martin, George Grae Manson, Marika Swan, Art Cootes, Jason Titian.

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 Joe David - Tla-o-qui-aht fine art carver, Tofino BC

Master Artist Series, ‘Origins’ – An Evening with Joe David  A slide presentation and talk about early collections of  traditional Nuu-chah-nulth artifacts as well as contemporary works.   September 1, 7:30 pm, Clayoquot Sound Theatre, 380 Main Street Tofino BC

Joe David was born in Opitsat on Vancouver Island. A member of the Clayoquot band, David has become an important figure in Northwest Coast Native Art. David taught carving at Evergreen State College and at the Centrum Foundation in Olympia, Washington, where he started carving workshops for Native students. David has received many high profile commissions, including an entrance pole with Bill Reid, and carvings for the Royal British Columbia Museum and B.C. Ferries.  A great student of tradition, Joe David carves in a number of Northwest Coast tribal styles and understands well the context of mask and dance. His carved figures welcome international visitors at the Vancouver International Airport. Joe David is among the most respected master-artists of the Northwest Coast. Museums, private collectors, and corporations collect his graphics, wood sculpture, silver, and bronze internationally. He is also dedicated to participating and contributing to contemporary ceremonies as well as lecturing on Northwest Coast art.

Joe Martin - Tla-o-qui-aht traditional Nuu-chah-nulth canoe maker and carver.  Tofino BC

Tla-o-qui-aht Canoe Carving Demonstrations with Joe Martin -  Carving Artists Exhibition September 1 & 2, 10am-5pm, Shore Tofino’s Pier 1933, 368 Main Street

Joe Martin is a Master Canoe Carver and experienced man of the sea. A member of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation, he has spent his life fishing, driving boats, and carving traditional dugout canoes, a skill learned from his father. His expertise on the water and in our ocean going canoes is unparalleled, his storytelling engaging, and his knowledge of the area detailed. Joe has travelled all over the world to speak about Nuu-chah-nulth culture and was in Hawaii to participate in the 2002 Celebration of Canoes.

Tim Paul – Hesquiaht/Nuu-chah-nulth fine art carver.  Port Alberni BC

‘Traditional Art & Spirituality’ presentation by Tim Paul -  Carving Artists Exhibition September 1 & 2, 10am-5pm, Shore Tofino’s Pier 1933, 368 Main Street

Tim Paul learned carving skills at the Arts of the Raven Gallery, in Victoria in 1975. He then assisted Richard Hunt in the Royal British Columbia Museum’s carving programme at Thunderbird Park in Victoria. Since 1976, Tim Paul has been a senior carver at the Royal British Columbia Museum. In addition to being a talented carver, Tim Paul is a gifted graphic artist. He has released limited edition silkscreen prints that have as their subject matter various legends of Nuu Chah Nulth culture. Tim also paints in acrylic. Whatever the medium, Tim Paul’s work is characterized by a high level of skill and originality. Tim is dedicated to upholding traditions of his culture through his teaching in addition to his work as an artist.


Carl Martin - Tla-o-qui-aht traditional Nuu-chah-nulth canoe and paddle maker. Tofino BC

Master Carving Workshop:  the Nuu-chah-nulth Paddle  September 1 – 3,  with  Tla-o-qui-aht canoe carver Carl Martin  – $150 includes wood – bursaries available/work trades welcome. Sign up

Carl Martin will teach five participants the design of a sea-going Nuu-chah-nulth canoe paddle over three days – 10am to 2pm daily on Shore Tofino’s Pier 1933.  A second workshop may take place the weekend of September 8 by demand.

Carl Martin has been carving since the 1960’s, and along with his brothers Joe Martin and the late Billy Martin, is responsible for keeping the art of canoe making alive on the west coast. Carl makes his living by guiding and carving, and has worked on countless projects that have included house poles, totem poles, traditional fishing tools, canoes and paddles. His mastery of the Nuu-chah-nulth paddle is widely acclaimed.

tofino artist carl martin carves the o'neill cold water classic trophy

Copper Mine Chief by Tla-o-qui-aht carver and artist Marika Swan Tofino BC

Marika Swan is a Keeper of the Carving Edge Festival, and contributor to the festival’s vision.

Burlwood Studio – Mark Mickey and Keith Plumley Tofino BC
This 6′ x 8′ carved burl will be a feature at the Carving Edge Art Show, a spectacular piece by two accomplished artists.
Tla-o-qui-aht carving artist – Levina Martin, Tofino BC
Known as a fine art carver, Levina has pursued carving for many years, and brings to the festival a female perspective to the traditional and contemporary carving arts.
Tla-o-qui-aht carving artist – George Grae Manson, Tofino BC
George is a prolific and talented carver, he will be demonstrating and selling his most recent works at the Carving Artists Exhibition.

Tofino’s George Grae Manson

Ucluelet First Nations Carver, Art Cootes

Art Cootes lives and works in Ittatsoo, across the bay from Ucluelet, BC  Art’s work hangs in Ucluelet’s Black Rock Resort, where he showed his works at the 2011 Carving on the Edge Festival.  He will be once again be a part of the Festival, and will be featured at the Carving Artists Exhibition on Pier 1933.

Ucluelet’s Art Cootes working on his latest project

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