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My Canada

Category: 
Partnership Collection
Creation Date: 
2017
Installation Date: 
2017
Location of Work: 
Arrivals level across from Tim Hortons
Medium: 
Various Media on Basswood

To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, the Northern Alberta Wood Carvers Association (NAWCA) have created three wood quilts that will be on display throughout the Edmonton area during 2017.

Each wood quilt is 31” wide by 42” tall, made up of 35,
5”x 5” basswood square tiles. The tiles are encased in a carved walnut frame. The wood was generously donated by WG Chanin Hardwoods.

Each tile was designed and hand carved by a club member, and showcases what the theme of “My Canada” means to them. The finished tile, whether it was burned, painted, stained or unfinished was at the carver’s discretion.

The purpose of the quilts was to bring together all members – young, old, beginner and expert – to create a group project, and to display the various styles of wood carving. The 150th birthday quilts will be donated to a public institution to become part of their permanent collection.

If you are interested in learning how to carve, please come join us any Wednesday evening from 6:30 – 9:00 pm at Duggan Community Hall, 3728 106 Street, Edmonton. No experience or tools necessary.

 

 

Produced, written, edited Jennifer Rae, Videography Kyle Oleksy-Greekas 
Jennifer Rae |  780-708-1999  |  jenniferrae9@gmail.com  |  Twitter @JenniferRae2

 

Artist

Northern Alberta Wood Carvers Association (NAWCA)

The Northern Alberta Wood Carvers Association (NAWCA) was established in 1980 by people who love to carve wood. 

Our mission is to promote and support the art of woodcarving. The club’s aim is to include all types and styles of carving. This involves chip, relief, caricatures, realistic animals and humans in the round, wood spirits or whimsical houses in bark, walking sticks or canes, decorations (traditional or modern). The carvings can be natural, painted or embellished with pyrography (wood burning) and be hand or power carved.            

New carvers are mentored by experienced members as they work on a simple beginner project. Courses, taught by members, are open to all members of the association. 

The club members meet weekly at Duggan Community Hall to socialize and work on their carvings. 

Membership:

Over 60 men and women, ranging in ages from 12 years to 80+ years, who come from all walks of life.

Community Service:

Over the last 10 years, NAWCA has donated a tree each year to the University of Alberta Hospital’s annual Festival of Trees. Our members hand-carve Christmas decorations and take great pride that 150-180 decorations are carved and painted each year.

Club members have donated their time to repair and paint rink boards, minor repairs in the Duggan Community League Hall and have assisted the kindergarten program with financial support.

In the past, we have donated funds to Youth Empowerment and Support Services (YESS).

Demonstrations:

Many of our members also volunteer their time by presenting carving demonstrations for the public throughout the Edmonton area, such as the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Fort Edmonton Park, City of Edmonton, Muttart Conservatory, Bremner House, John Janzen Nature Center, John Walter Museum and Edmonton Public Library.

For more information, or if you are interested in learning how to carve, please visit our website nawca.ca.

Hometown:
Edmonton