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The First Nations Carver

Coast Salish carvers have been transforming cedar into mesmerising artworks for thousands of years. Meet one Vancouver-born artist connected to this deep tradition who's taking his work in new directions


HUNCHING ONE SHOULDER and fusing both hands to his No 3 gouge, James Harry slides the broad blade through curls of yellow cedar as if slowly skimming the surface of a large tray of butter. 'I keep my tools really sharp,' says the trainer-clad Squamish Nation wood carver, before stopping and laughing as he recalls slicing off his thumbnail during a demonstration a few years ago. After honing his craft over countless hours in a live-work studio in Richmond, British Columbia, just south of Vancouver, it's not a mistake the 29-yearold artist has repeated.

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In the August issue… get to know Napoleon's ruggedly beautiful home island on a Great Escape to Corsica; explore Barcelona's night-time culture with a tapas-fuelled and absinthe-boosted tour that begins at sunset; discover more original travel experiences around the Mediterranean, from Albania to Xaghra; sail the Norfolk Broads in a century-old, restored wherry yacht; and much more