ABITH

a bird in the hand

Wood Carving by Lori Skinner

 

About Abith

Abith = A Bird In the Hand.

When I started carving back in the 1980's it was in the style of shorebird decoys of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

sanderling

I still love carving shorebirds, but my repertoire has expanded to include much more. (birds gallery)

A few years ago I developed a passion for fish, especially native species.
The biggest fish I ever carved was a 6'6" white marlin.
(I would show you a picture if I had one...but here's a tiny whale)

a little humpback whale

(fish gallery)

Then in 2008, I became interested in the folk art tradition of wood doll heads.
(doll heads gallery)

My most recent artistic exploration is into the world of hand screening. I take photos of my fish plaques and other items creating an image that I then hand screen on to a t-shirt.  I love the results.
(t-shirt gallery)

 

If you have any questions about t-shirts, birds, fish, fruit and doll heads or anything else you see on the site just email me.

Watch this space for news.

Several events are in the planning stages for late summer/fall.

I began carving birds, inspired by the shorebird decoys of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. A few years ago I developed a passion for fish, especially native species.

More recently my work explored the relationship man has with wood in the folk art tradition. I began working in the figurative tradition. These carvings have taken the form of doll heads - of women primarily, but some men as well.

My love of birds and fish always brings me back to the sculpture of these creatures. Both species, of such variety, fleeting in and around our lives. They provide such pleasure, and such wonderful subject matter.

Historically wood has been a readily available, frequently used medium. Artists have used wood to document the human condition, create items that serve a specific purpose, or just provide pleasure. When all three happen simultaneously, it is joyful.

  • The Artist Project, 2010, 3rd prize
  • One of a Kind Show and Sale, 2005, Hall of Fame Inductee
  • Cabbagetown Arts And Crafts Show, 2002, Honourable Mention
  • Hillebrand Artists In The Vineyard, 2001, 3rd Place.
  • One Of A Kind Show & Sale, 1996, Toronto Life Shoppers Choice Award.
  • Toronto Outdoor Art Exibition, 1996, Best Folk Art Award.
  • Huronia Festival Of The Arts, 1996, 2nd Place.
  • Burlington Art Market, 1993, Best Sculpture.