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Rick Cranston Gabriola Island Carver

Rick Cranston Gabriola Island Carver

Rick Cranston lives on Gabriola Island, where he is well known for his carved poles, masks, and painted ceremonial drums.

Contact:  Phone- 250-325- 7425

Email: cranston.rick@gmail.com

 

For his driftwood carvings, intended for placement in gardens or as wall hangings, Cranston combs the beaches looking for shapes that can inspire the image of seals, whales, eagles and salmon -- even the lowly garden slug. "I look for pieces that nature has already made a nice finish on." Using a light touch, he shapes and paints only the "head" of the creature, adding brass or copper eyes to complete the image. Cranston also carves masks, doors and animal- or bird-inspired statues of all sizes and shapes, sometimes using paint, feathers, cottonwood bark and shells as well as copper or brass for additional decoration. A tiny painted hummingbird might weigh only a few ounces; a large carving can weigh dozens of kilograms or more.

. But Cranston's favourite venue is the Gabriola Market, which he attends every Saturday morning from May to October.

For complete bio. by Catherine Gordon, Gabriola Island B.C. click lnk below. 

http://www.canada.com/story_print.html?id=75c6bea7-43bf-4025-b25d-80cfb1a960e8&sponsor=



Rick Cranston
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