My name is Jamie Thibault I am an Acadian woodcarver from Clare, Nova
Scotia. I have been carving for over 27 years. I first began carving
when I was around 12, carving tiny skateboards, (wheels and all) about
keychain size. I sold a few of these at Art en Mineraux Gallery. I then
got into air brushing, first on clothes than on cars, so carving took a
back burner for awhile.
The piece that got me back into carving
was a gearshift for my car. It was a skeleton hand holding an eyeball.
It was soft wood and I painted it. That was it, I was done airbrushing.
Carving was again my passion/obsession. I made a few more shifters then
began relief carvings and sculptures, also out of softwood. My first
hardwood piece was using an old recycled pallet board. It has a
beautiful grain, bird’s eye maple. It is the Captain and is a very
special piece to me.
I prefer carving with hardwood, with exotic
grains and hardwood burls. I do not paint the wood, and now usually
only use natural hemp oil for finish . If the piece is to be
functional, such as a gearshift, it may need a thicker harder finish.
My work has been part of an art exhibition at Universite Ste Anne “4
Sculptors from Clare” in October 2004 & "3 Sculptors & an Angel in 2009". I have carved wildlife,
portraits, wizards, dragons, gunstocks, frames, mantle pieces, canes,
signs, and many other pieces.
Give me a picture and I can carve it.