Jody Sparrow

Region: Vancouver Coast & Mountains

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Coast Salish style with traditional and contemporary styles.


I’ve been carving for the past 2 years, I jumped right into doing bentwood boxes, learning as I go with steaming, as I am a red seal carpenter I’m familiar with Mill working. So with my carpenter skills I am able to mill my own wood to create 5′ X 3′ panels and circular ones too by laminating 3″ X 6″ red or yellow cedar together. I was first introduced to carving at 7 yrs old by the old traditional carvers of my community Musqueam, which was Northern style plaques and 10″ mini totem poles. It wasn’t until the year 2000 that I had taken a carving tool course where we made our own blades with handles and with those I had made a bowl and mask. Then a unique opportunity arose for me to enter BCIT, take and graduate as a Certified Electrician. I then later challenged for my Red Seal Carpentry ticket, all the while my innate artistic abilities were calling me. So far I have made masks; rattles; paddles; panels; spoons and boxes. and I have yet to make a 30 foot sea going canoe:-)

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