Jessica Skelton from The Parksville Qualicum Beach News dropped by today to check out the latest on ‘Ahead of the Curves’ and to interview me for an upcoming Spotlight Feature.
Lots of great questions! Thanks Jessica!
It was during the voyage to ports of call up the Georgia Straight (Salish Sea) to Prince Rupert, that father and son made a side trip from Port Hardy to visit the active whaling station in Coal Harbour. The manager of the station presented Norm with the tooth as a gift, which he kept for 52 years, recently commissioning Shane to carve the memories of trip and father into sculpture.
Lena Brulé wearing ‘Monarch I’ by Shane Wilson (carved moose antler)
It was with sadness that I learned recently of the passing of Lena Brulé, a long time resident of Faro, Yukon, and one of my first patrons.
‘Butterfly for Linda’ by Shane Wilson (carved caribou antler pendant)
In the early 1990’s, Lena, a lover of butterflies, commissioned me to carve a small butterfly pendant for her daughter, Linda. (My second carving, ever, it was my first attempt to create a relief-effect designed surface - above).
A year or so later, Lena offered me a second commission, a butterfly for herself (below).
‘Monarch I’, by Shane Wilson (carved moose antler brooch/pendant)
These commissions, although small, proved a significant encouragement to me as a fledgling artist, and for that I will always be grateful.
Rest in peace, Lena.
Patrick Dreher inspects progress on the antler sculpture 'Short Eared Parliament' by Shane Wilson (photo by Chris Dobranski)
Shane Wilson explains the antler carving technique used on 'Candle Ice Two' to gem stone carver Patrick Dreher (photo by Chris Dobranski)
Patrick Dreher with one of his exceptional agate carvings 'Waldmaus' (inset)
Chris Dobranski with his award wining jade carving, 'Dreamspeaker'
Shane Wilson, Chris Dobranski and Patrick Dreher
Original banner and letterhead for Shane Wilson Sculpture, designed by Aasman Design, Whitehorse, Yukon
Today marks the 15th anniversary of the Shane Wilson Sculpture website.
Time certainly flies - even virtual time!
I remember when the website first began the internet was still in its infancy and not to be trusted by the majority. One couldn't be sure if what one was viewing online (with a dial-up connection and achingly slow access) was to be trusted.
Now, it seems, if you are to exist at all, a web presence is essential.
The website launched March 15, 1997, with five simple pages coded in HTML by Derrick McKay, next door neighbour and local computer guru. He taught me how to make changes to the site in HTML and I have continued to manage things since then, retiring the original HTML format in 2009 for one based on CSS.
It has been an amazing artistic journey. How wonderful to be able to look back on it here from time to time.
According to Google Analytics, you are one of 48,067 unique visitors, from 8816 cities located in 156 countries around the world, who have viewed these webpages a total of 159,224 times since the revised version of this website was launched in 2009!
Since the website was first created in 1997, there have been 208,950 visitors.
Thanks for your visit and please come again!
We had fun working together on his commission, 'Dall on the Rocks', completed earlier this year as a token of his trip to Yukon and Alaska in the summer of 2010.
His son John writes:
Harry and Joy Shore on a trip to the Yukon and Alaska in 2010
For some reason I feel compelled to write to you and just thank you very much for completing this project that Dad commissioned you to do. He recently passed away [May] and he and my mom just loved the Dall sheep that you did for them. It was representative of their Alaskan trip. His face beamed when he received the final piece.
Dad was 89, he water skied until a ripe age of 80 and was a doer and never let the grass grow under him right to the end. His heart just went into heart failure, but he was busy already planning for the next cruise. He made me tired sometimes with his pace.
I was going through some of his files today and found a file for your project and for some reason had to write to just let you know how much pleasure he got from your carving. I came across all the comments others had made on the project, that you’d passed on to Dad.
Cheers and keep up the great work – you are a true artist.
Here is a sample of John's scrimshaw work and an earlier shot of him working on an antler with a technical pen.
John McFeeters and Shane Wilson in Shane's studio.
A sampling of John's work in scrimshaw.
John demonstrates his work with a technical pen on antler.
According to Google Analytics, you are one of 24,216 unique visitors, from 7021 cities located in 140 countries around the world, who have viewed these webpages a total of 103,282 times since the revised version of this website was launched in 2009!
Since the website was first created in 1997, there have been 193,646 visitors.
Thanks for your visit and please come again. :)
According to Google Analytics, you are one of 11,395 visitors, from 3156 cities located in 106 countries around the world, who have viewed these webpages a total of 42,144 times since the revised version of this website was launched a year ago today!
There have been 174,396 visits since the website was first created in 1997.
Thanks for your visit and please come again. :)
According to the Google Analytics software, visitors from 1500 cities located in 84 countries around the world have spent time here since March 10, 2009!
I find this a staggering testimonial to the power of the internet as a means of sharing art and ideas across geographic, cultural, political and language boundaries.
Jim Clark and Shane Wilson, antler sculptors in masks and magnifiers
We had some very interesting discussions about antler carving and its place in the world of art, shared tips and techniques, tool suggestions and general encouragement.
Jim Clark, Moose Antler Sculptor at work.
We also spent some time talking about websites and the place of the internet in sharing one's art with the world.
Shane Wilson and Jim Clark have a look behind the scenes at the Shane Wilson Sculpture website.
Jim's carving at the end of the week, his first effort in true relief moose antler carving! Way to go Jim!
Jim Clark and finished moose antler carving
Have a look at Jim's website for more images of his sculpture in moose antler.