National Aboriginal Day 2015
Today (June 21st) is the day to celebrate National Aboriginal Day in Canada. Tansy is celebrating by showing pictures from her visit to Master Carver James Hart’s carving studio near Old Masset. She was allowed to sit amongst the wood chips, listen to the carvers, and admire the partly completed carvings.
Tansy is familiar with woodcarving tools on a much smaller scale. These ones are so comparatively gigantic that she didn’t feel nervous at all sitting next to them. She couldn’t help but admire the skill of the carvers as they wielded these implements and changed cedar logs into amazing forms and designs, all surrounded by piles and piles of chips.
Tansy inhaled the sweet, sharp scent of freshly carved wood while resting in this Tansy-sized nook.
She happily watched the carvers create different textures in the cedar, which were accentuated by the reflected light.
She sat on the upturned Haida Canoe that will form part of the Reconciliation Pole destined for the University of British Columbia campus.
And perched on the end of it, the better to admire the grain.
The carving studio was busy with the master carver and apprentices working on a variety of commissions. Tansy contemplated the scene and felt extremely lucky to be invited to the carving studio. When finished, the perspective of the carvings will be so very far removed from small doll’s point of view, she very much appreciated being given the opportunity to get a rare glimpse of them, even unfinished, and from this close up.
For a few minutes, she felt like she could fly!