The Richmond Carvers is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of woodcarving as a hobby and an art form. Founded in 1988, the Society has grown to over 74 members with skill levels ranging from beginner to internationally acclaimed experts.
Dreamcatcher Boats are designed to be very light, so they’re easy to carry, easy to handle and manoeuvre in the water, safe, tough as nails and not least of all, beautiful to look at… You can get your own beautiful ultralight boat by building it from a kit, using the step by step video, attending one of our courses, or by buying one ready made.
Nomad Boatbuilding was established in 1999. We focus on custom building, repair and restoration of smaller watercraft such as canoes, kayaks and dinghies, etc. We also do yacht repairs and have experience all the way up to tall ship construction. A large part of our activity is in wooden boatbuilding education. We provide one-on-one and group instruction in various forms. We are currently working toward creating an online boatbuilding school which will allow users to learn out of their own workspace at their own pace.
The Grove Woodworking School
The Grove Woodworking School is tucked amongst the trees on beautiful Gabriola Island, B.C. Canada. Courses and Workshops mainly focus on woodworking skills and techniques for the marine environment, with all skills being transferable to general woodworking.
About the Instructor: After completing a four-year boatbuilding apprenticeship that started in 1980, Tony Grove honed his skills as a shipwright, specializing in wooden boat restoration/construction, boat interiors building and custom furniture design. This chain of experience led him to leave the city of Vancouver BC, and in 1999 start instructing at the Silva Bay Shipyard School on Gabriola Island BC. Tony taught traditional boatbuilding plus a course (the first of its kind) that he designed on Ship Cabinetry/Joinery. Tony eventually became the school’s head instructor, but decided to leave the school in 2005 to spend time with his family and is now working for himself as a custom woodworker, boatbuilder, artist, writer and teacher.
Oyster Bay Boats
Cedar strip rowboats and double paddle canoes.
Oyster Bay Boats are a composite of western red cedar, Ecopoxy plant based epoxy resin, and fiberglass cloth trimmed with local fir and western maple. This strong, weather-resistant craft shows the beauty of the wood, with low maintenance and less weight than traditional construction. Currently I offer: three cedar strip row boats, the Cosine Wherry, the Handliner, and Fine; and solo cedar strip canoes, the Wee Lassie I and II.
Britannia Heritage Shipyard Society
The purpose of the Britannia Heritage Shipyard Society (BHSS) is to preserve and promote West Coast maritime heritage with an emphasis on local wooden boat building traditions and the cultural mosaic and living conditions of the people who worked on the Steveston waterfront. Learn more about our society and becoming a member at the BHSS Information Booth.
James (Nexw’Kalus-Xwalacktun) Harry
James is honoured to share the ancestral name of his father, Xwalacktun, and to be in a position to carry forward the pride and dignity of his people through his art. His work stands on the foundation of his experience growing up as a member of the Squamish nation and his affiliation with Coast Salish leaders. In his art, James combines the use of modern tools, materials and techniques with deconstructed First Nations designs and forms to integrate the traditional with the contemporary.
Meet him and see his work in the Murakami Boathouse in Zone 7 on Saturday only.
“I create native art with a connection to the past, present and future like our ancestors did.” “Proudly Squamish and Kwakwak’wakw ancestry, there is a lot of Northern art form represented. You will find my focus is of the Salish style. I have used these forms traditionally, which allows me to easily move into a contemporary space to meet the needs of all my clients. My works travel from individuals to corporations and have become, treasures, landmarks and lasting art.”
Meet him and see his work in the Murakami Boathouse in Zone 7 on Sunday only
Lace making at a maritime festival? Did you know that lace making and fishing net making both originated together in historic time – they share many stories and stitches! Come meet world-renowned lace maker Lenka Suchanek and try you hand at this ancient craft.
Find Lenka in the Seine Net Loft in Zone 5
Steveston Maritime Modelers
Meet the miniature boats and their builders – this display of handcrafted working models will delight both young and old.
Inside the Seine Net Loft in Zone 5
Richmond Pottery Club
Come meet local potters, watch them ‘throw’ a pot and discover how pottery and clay is connected to our history.
On the deck of the Chinese Bunkhouse in Zone 12.
What the Peaches Designs
Vibrant lively ink splatter paintings that capture a moment in time.
On the deck of the Chinese Bunkhouse in Zone 12.
Learn how a traditional coracle (woven, single person water craft) is made from locally grown basket maker’s willow. These vessels are still used still though out the UK and part of Asia today.
In Zone 13
Mr. Fukuhara has been involved in the ancient craft of Knotwork for over 50 years. It started when he was first sailing in the 1960’s and grew from contemporary sailors knotting onto mastering Turks Head knots and then onto continuous flat rope knot work.
“My inquiry into the historical aspects of knots led me directly to the knot- work of the ancient Celts. They left a record of sophisticated knots in their stone carvings. The influence of their work is evident in many of my designs.”