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Doug Dorken

Doug Dorken

DOUG DORKEN grew up around Halifax and other areas of Nova Scotia, traveling with his military family. Doug joined the army at 18 and then the navy. He still employs his naval expertise in assisting the environmentally sound sinking of warships to create artificial reefs. He also bagpipes for special occasions and plays hockey. Doug lives in Chester with his wife Agi and dog, Teddy.

Doug was the featured artist for the 2011 Lunenburg Folk Art Festival. In creating his relief carvings he uses but one piece of wood, skillfully directing chisel and knife so that figures and landscape seem to emerge from within. Depending on the piece, he may use kiln-dried pine, poplar, or "sea-seasoned" wood. Following in the footsteps of his shipwright father, Doug took up carving in 1994 after retiring from a career in the navy. As with all forms of art, formulating the idea is the most difficult step in the process. Once he fixes on a subject for a carving, Doug sketches the images in pencil on the piece and proceeds to "rescue them" from the wood. "Before I start a new project," he has said, "I sit on my carving stool and turn the wood over and over, studying each side and I try to picture fishermen and other people I know." Indeed, he admits that many of the figures he carves are based on real people.

our Doug Dorkin Collection
Cape Islander Stool Lunenburg Open Soldiers Arena by Doug Dorken Warming Up by Doug Dorken Back to Camp with Fish by Doug Dorken
Carved Buoy Father,Son, and Bull Carved wooden stool Sold Works of Doug Dorken