Revealing Beauty: New Creations From The Carving Shed
Perched on the edge of Chesterman Beach, steps from the thunderous surf, amid the grass and driftwood and old growth forest, lay the hidden gem that is Henry Nolla's Carving Shed. A deep layer of wood chips covers the natural earthen floor, evidence from the decades of hand-carved totems, masks, feathers, boxes, and the myriad of other creations forged under its roof.
In the middle of the room, a totem pole is slowly, meticulously being revealed from the raw spruce pole where it has been waiting. Lyne des Rosiers has been working with chisel and hammer, uncovering the form that lay beneath. Abalone shell adorns its most intricate features, and shadows hide in the deep recesses of the animated, curved figures.
Across the room, gently perched atop the carving bench, is the newest collection of hand carved feathers and gorgeous ornate boxes from 'Feather' George Yearsley. Light and delicate, these feather carvings are imbedded with colourful shell and stone, and are so thin the light of day passes through their delicate edges. The ornate boxes, made from cedar, bird's-eye maple and select woods, are a beauty unto themselves, carefully crafted with the same attention to detail and aesthetic as the feathers of his namesake.
Whether you are visiting the Wickaninnnish Inn, or simply admiring the beauty of this place, the carving shed's artistic and cultural expressions are a must see. And if you're looking for a very special gift or keepsake from here, a select edition of carvings can been seen and purchased from our online Gift Gallery.