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Wesley Havill is Ojibway from Batchewana Band Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario who completed an Artist Blacksmith Program at Fleming College in 2015.
As a carver and blacksmith artist, Wesley creates copperwork such as barrettes, earrings, and necklaces. He carves from antler, bone and wood, creating tomahawk heads, knives, art carvings, jewelry, fans, and home decor. He is a self-taught carver and illustrator who makes a drawing of his carvings beforehand. For antler carvings, he stares at the antler for a few days taking in the surface of the antler. To colour the antler, he burns it with a torch to create the desirable hues. He then carves the antler before finally burning it again.
His special techniques extend to eagle carvings made from moose antler to copperwork, where Wesley creates different colours such as purple, pink, red, green and even fluorescent shades using a torch. His copper feathers take between 5-7 hours to make.
It’s evident, Wesley has a rare and unique gift in his work and can handle almost any request. Follow on Instagram / Facebook