Today I got an email from my long-time friend, artist, magical carver, Northwest Coast spirit Godfrey Stephens (https://www.godfreystephens.com/). There’d been a snowstorm and it had cast a mantle of snow on Godfrey’s giant carving “Weeping Cedar Woman,” which now sits in the back yard of his home in Victoria, B.C. It was carved in 1984 out of a 300-year old wind-fallen red cedar, its symbolism being a protest against logging the ancient rain forests of Clayoquot Sound (on the west coast of Vancouver Island).: Looks like a goddess warrior moving through the woods on a snowy night. “Save these trees!”
Godfrey has played a huge role in helping me find people for my next book, Builders of the Pacific Coast and his life and art will be a part of this book (which I’ve just started laying out).