Bourque is an artist who has always been interested in woodworking, first as a carpenter then doing joinery (furniture making). He has pursued wood carving as an art form since 1994. Bourque was born in Saskatchewan but has resided in Campbell River since 1974. His Canadian ancestry reaches back to the 1600s and Acadian New Brunswick, and he is related to the Swampy Cree of western Hudson’s Bay.
In the 2004 Shoreline Arts Competition in Campbell River, which is attended by driftwood carvers from all across the country, Bourque placed first in his division – using hand tools only. He continues to prefer working by hand and uses few power tools, and in his designs, he incorporates the grains and patterns in the wood to create a unique piece every time. Island art critic John Palmer says Bourques work “portrays a depth of emotion beyond what mere shaped wood should be able to convey.”
Featured here are Bourque’s hand carved wood feathers. Distinctive and beautiful, they are so thin you can see light through them. Each one represents one size of an eagle’s feather (if you put them all together, you would have an entire wing) and are made from yellow Cypress wood left over from the project to reconstruct the BCP 45 boat featured at the Maritime Heritage Museum.
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