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Master Carver


MOON MASK SHOWPIECE
BIH047
red cedar, abalone
30 x 30 x 8 in.  

$ 8800 CDN


KINGFISHER PUGWIS MAN FROM BOTTOM OF THE SEA SHOWPIECE
BIH046
yellow cedar, acrylic
23 x 17 x 14 in.  

$ 5600 CDN SOLD


SUN MASK SHOWPIECE
BIH045
yellow cedar, acrylic
48 x 48 x 8 in.  

$ 10400 CDN


KILLER WHALE PANEL SHOWPIECE
BIH044
yellow cedar, polychrome
22 x 38 x 3 in.  

$ 4800 CDN


BEAVER MASK SHOWPIECE
BIH043
red cedar, polychrome
14 x 11.5 x 9 in.  

$ 3900 CDN SOLD


OWL MASK SHOWPIECE
BIH042
red cedar, polychrome
14 x 11 x 11 in.  

$ 3900 CDN SOLD


EAGLE PADDLE SHOWPIECE
BIH041
yellow cedar, polychrome
62 x 9 x 1 in.  

$ 2800 CDN


THUNDERBIRD PADDLE SHOWPIECE
BIH040
yellow cedar, polychrome
62 x 9 x 1 in.  

$ 2800 CDN


LOON PADDLE SHOWPIECE
BIH039
yellow cedar, abalone, polychrome
62 x 9 x 1 in.  

$ 2800 CDN SOLD


KILLER WHALE PADDLE SHOWPIECE
BIH037
yellow cedar, polychrome
62 x 9 x 1 in.  

$ 2800 CDN


LOON PADDLE
BIH036
yellow cedar, abalone, polychrome
62 x 9 x 1 in.  

$ 2800 CDN SOLD


BEAR PADDLE
BIH035
yellow cedar, acrylic
61.75 x 8.25 x 5 in.  

$ 2800 CDN


WOLF PADDLE
BIH034
yellow cedar, acrylic
62.25 x 8.75 x 5 in.  

$ 2800 CDN


RAVEN PADDLE
BIH031
yellow cedar, acrylic
62 x 9 x 7 in.  

$ 2800 CDN

Bill Henderson


Master Carver

Bill was born into the Weiwaikum tribe in 1950, one of nine sons of the late Chief Sam Henderson(1905 - 1982) and his wife May Quocksister Henderson. As a child, Bill learned the ways of an artist by watching his father, a self-taught carver. Sam and May Henderson are well remembered as protectors of ancient customs, and they instilled in all their children respect for their cultural heritage.

At age seven, Bill carved a little whale plaque for his Grade 1 teacher; it is still proudly displayed at Campbellton School. Young Bill would draw and paint stylized figures from Kwakwaka'wakw mythology on pieces of left over plywood in his father's shed - a shed he has carved in now for nearly half a century.

In his late teens, Bill took up carving more seriously and at 19 he began to sell his work. Since then, he has honed his skills while preserving the family's traditional style in carvings, dance masks, paddles, bowls and plaques. While he was always drawn to painting and the culture of carving, Bill never dreamed that his work would become sought after in a global marketplace.

A professional Native dancer, Bill performs at numerous potlatches and ceremonies. The symbolism of the mystic character he portrays in dance can be seen in his art, be it the Crooked Beak of Heaven, the Grizzly Bear, or the Sea Monster. The dance "Hunter of the Woods" was given to Bill by his father during a potlatch; it belongs to him alone.

Using methods handed down through time, Bill still fashions his own tools; blades from old net fishing knives are bent, tempered, sharpened and then attached to cedar handles with fishing twine.

Bill works to capture natural and supernatural figures in his work; legend and history are infused into each carving. In crafting eagles, bears and his killer whales, he depicts how the resources of air, land and sea were important and life-giving to his people.

(excerpts from "Totem Legend" by Christine Scott)


Bill Henderson
Master Carver



Collections
The Museum at Campbell River, BC
Kwagiulth Museum and Cultural Centre, Quadra Island, BC
City Hall, Ishikari, Japan



Exhibitions
2017 CANADA 150, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB


Teaching
Mentor to his nephews, Junior and Greg Henderson
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