Soapstone carver, Ted Griffith will park his haunches at the Mountain Gallery, in the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Saturday, Oct. 8. From 1 to 3p.m. Griffith will answer questions, and discuss his latest carvings, an orca and a grizzly bear.
Griffith is well known for his grizzly carvings. Each bear is filled with personality and character, carved out from soapstone. But he is excited about the orca.
"Ninety-five per cent of my work (is) bears, so whenever I get a commission for something else I relish the adventure. It was extremely exciting and re-energizing," Griffith said of his orca piece.
Griffith has also made a transition in substance. Rather then the Brazilian soapstone he usually works with, over 800 pounds of chlorite was carved away to create his latest work. Chlorite is a denser stone, making it challenging to carve.