Local carver and carpenter Robinson Cook is venturing into new territory this week by producing his first (mostly) solo art show. Robinson’s work, particularly his cabinetry can already be seen in homes and businesses around the coast but this will likely be your first chance to see a larger collection of his work together in one place.
The talented woodworker refers to himself as “a student of the fine woodworking revolution.”
He has had many mentors and influences including many names that locals will recognize like Jan Janzen, Helmar Hajek, Henry Nola, Lloyd House, Bob Schantz and Quaya Sam.
Robinson was born in Ontario but has called Clayoquot Sound home for more than 20 years.
He says that the region’s natural wonders are the main inspiration for his work; “The natural forms of the trees in the rainforest, the flow of water in the environment, and the representative art of the North West Coast First Nations shape my
furniture and carving. I take pride in joining nature’s curves with perfect joinery. For the last 20 years I have been living on islands in Clayoquot Sound and the aquatic lifestyle of `chop wood, carry water` makes an impression on everything that I do.”
Robinson says approximately fifteen of his carvings, sculpture, turnings and furniture pieces will be on display starting August 10th at Darwin’s CafÃ© in The Tofino Botanical Gardens.
Alongside his own pieces, Robinson has invited his family to participate in the show; “(My partner) Mary Forest will be presenting 2 or three carvings and (my daughter) Cedar Forest will have a couple of framed paintings” says Robinson.
“My brother Quaya will have a couple of Nuu-Chah-Hulth masks, as well.”
The show kicks off with an opening on Sunday Aug. 10th, 3PM till 10PM with live music, food, and art. The show continues through the week from 8am-5pm, ending on Friday the 15th on the veranda of the Darwin`s Cafe at the Tofino Botanical Gardens.
+++ While you’re at the gardens be sure to ask about The Tofino Lantern Festival that will be held there on August 17th.
+++ Remember the live music at the Ukee Night Market Friday from 3-7 p.m. on the Village Green, and at Tofino Public Market on Saturday (from 10 a.m. -2 p.m.)
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