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Welcome Back Hand Carved Bears

I am sorry that it`s been five weeks since the last newsletter. It has been busy here in Banff. And, mostly, the weather is glorious.

I had three lines that I wanted to share with you this time.

First I wanted to welcome back the Welcome Bears. Long time readers may remember that Howard Mahone, from Alberta, used to carve these by hand with a chainsaw. Sadly Howard passed away in 2011. However part of the process was that he cut the tree down, carved the bears and then let them dry out for two or three years. Consequently when he passed away there was a stock pile of drying bears. His wife, and assistant, who always used to do the finishing has now elected to finish off the remaining bears, by sanding, painting and varnishing..

As a consequence we have a new supply, temporarily, of the cutest bears in North America.


Hand carved Welcome Bear - Howard Mahone

Hand carved Welcome Bear

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Hand carved Welcome Bear - Howard Mahone

Hand carved Welcome Bear

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Hand carved Welcome Bear - Howard Mahone

Hand carved Welcome Bear

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The next new line that I think you will like is an impressive contemporary selection of Coast Salish Art furbished from steel and aluminum featuring designs by west coast native artist Noel Brown and fabricated by, BC artist, Jack Willoughby.

Noel is a renowned carver whose art can be seen in many public areas of Nanaimo such as the Nanaimo BC Museum, BC Ferries Departure Bay terminal, the new cruise ship terminal, and the finely crafted posts outside the Snuneymuxw First Nation Administration building. Noel is a member of the Snuneymuxw and Kwakwaka`wakw people and comes from a long tradition of artists and carvers.

Jack Willoughby is a long time favourite of ours and I love the work that he has fabricated in his partnership with Noel.

The native art collection showcases the uniqueness, creativity and varied experiences of Canadian Native art and First Nations cultures and traditions.


Jack Willoughby and Noel Brown Whale Wall Sculpture

Whale Wall Sculpture

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Jack Willoughby and Noel Brown Whale Wall Panel

Whale Wall Panel

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Jack Willoughby and Noel Brown Raven With Berry

Raven With Berry

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This week we took on a new product in the form of a map, the original was hand drawn in the style of antique maps by Canadian artist Chris Robitaille.

I think they are pretty neat.


Antique Style Map of Banff National Park

Map of Banff National Park

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Antique Style Map of Banff National Park

Map of Banff National Park

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Antique Style Map of Banff National Park

Map of Banff National Park

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Finally. I said it has been pretty busy here in Banff. But I have been making the most of the lifestyle too – canoeing, hiking and swimming in the lakes. I thought I would show you a couple of panorama style photos of yesterdays hike up to the top of Mount Borgeau (at 2931m with a vertical ascent of 1500m!), Banff is in the valley.

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Banff in the valley bottom
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