Tree PlatterCovered and Incised Storage jarBowl with incised rim"Feeding Minke"Round Edged boardsIncised bowl

Wood Artisans

There’s a lot of wood on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.  From the forests to the beaches, our wood carving artisans, like the Celtic Highland settlers before them, find no shortage of raw wood product.   

The variety of wood at Arts North is amazing!  The collection ranges from finely turned bowls and platters to pods of whales hand carved from driftwood to raw edged vases derived from partially lathe turning the wood to cutting boards intricately assembled from tiny hardwood pieces.

All of our wood artists use wood found in the Cape Breton highlands or along its beaches, while some add small pieces of rare woods from around the world to add color and emphasis  to their designs.

After driving through the woodlands or walking the beaches along the Cabot Trail, a walk though Arts North’s wood collection takes one full circle on the journey our wood artisans follow in creating their imaginative pieces.

Stewart Shaw
Stewart Shaw
Linda A Doyon
Linda A Doyon
Don Beamish
Don Beamish
Norm Smith
Norm Smith

Linda A Doyon

Linda A Doyon

Linda’s thirty-year experience observing the whales summering in the waters off northern Cape Breton has instilled in her a love of these gentle, gigantic mammals. From kayaks, fishing boats and wind surfers, as well as during hikes along the cliffs and solitary beach walks she has marveled at their tolerance of her presence in and near their environment.

Linda interprets her feelings towards these creatures through the modification of driftwood pieces she finds along the beaches near her home. Her work attempts to capture not only the shape and gentle spirit of the animal, but its friendliness, patience a nd ever-present playfulness as well.


"Feeding Minke"

"Feeding Minke"

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"Humpback Sounding"

"Humpback Sounding"

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"Minke Whale Diving"

"Minke Whale Diving"

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A quick shot of two whales on display at Arts North

A quick shot of two whales on display at Arts North


Pilot Whale Frolicking

Pilot Whale Frolicking

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Sounding Humpback 2

Sounding Humpback 2

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Don Beamish

Don Beamish

Don Beamish heads up a staff of woodworkers based in Cape Breton's Margaree Valley. Referring to themselves as "...a cutting board business that does flooring as a sideline...", Don and his staff harvest Eastern Canadian Larch in the vallies of western Cape Breton. They then mill the lumber into planks and kiln dry the wood, selecting the best pieces for incredibly beautiful end-grain cutting boards, and retaining the remainder for flooring.

By careful design, the arrangement of specific pieces of Larch end-grain results in cutting boards that are not only robustly functional but also strikingly attractive.

We consider Don and his entire staff to be eminently artistic woodcrafters, and we're proud to offer their work at Arts North.


Round Boards

Round Boards

Don's "Round Boards" measure 14 1/2" in diameter, and 1 5/8" thick.

Round Edged boards

Round Edged boards

Don's Round Edged boards measure 9 1/2" x 15" x 1 1/2" thick.

Small Cutting Board

Small Cutting Board

Don's Small Cutting Board measures 17 3/4" x 11" x 1 1/2".


Norm Smith

Norm Smith

Norm Smith combines lathe-turned wood with stone and metal inlays, often adding fine filigree work. The resulting pieces are classic examples of the whole being far greater than the sum of its parts.

Norm is passionate about his work, saying “...I just lose myself in the turning...”. He resides in Georges River, just outside Sydney.


Bowl with incised rim

Bowl with incised rim

Norm's "Bowl with incised rim" is turned from curly birch, and features a rim that's meticulously incised.

The dimensions are approximately 14" wide x 8" high.

Covered and Incised Storage jar

Covered and Incised Storage jar

Norm's Covered and Incised Storage jar is turned from Bird's Eye Maple. Its motif is incised using a dental drill and the design is then filled with a variety of crushed shells and minerals.

The vessel stands about 7" tall and is about 8" wide.

Incised bowl

Incised bowl


Tree Platter

Tree Platter

Norm's "Tree Platter", turned from curly bird's eye maple, featured a rim highlight inlaid with a rim of crushed stone and metals.

His tree design is drawn with a dentist's drill, and then filled with a stone/epoxy mixture. After inlaying is complete, the entire piece is turned to its final dimensions.


Stewart Shaw

Stewart Shaw

Stewart, from Baddeck, is a finish carpenter who combines his love of wood with his love of the woods, occasionally taking time out from his shop/studio for stints on a reforstation crew in the Cape Breton Highlands. It's during such times, as well as while hiking in the mountains with his family, that he discovers the raw materials that form the basis of his turned vases, bowls, plates and ornaments.


Burl Bowl

Burl Bowl

Stewart's "Burl Bowl" is turned from a maple "burl" or irregularity that occurs infrequently in the wood.

Approximately 8 1/2" w x 2" deep

$90.00

Available at Arts North gallery.


Arts North • Smelt Brook, RR#2 • Dingwall, Nova Scotia • B0C 1G0 • Phone/Fax: (902) 383-2732