He was born in Ontario, where he lived in Lake Huron. He studied leather work and became a leather carver.
At the age of 23, Jason moved to Victoria, B.C. to study and learn the art of native wood carving. With the help and guidance of a Haida carver by the name of Randy Reid, he has achieved renowned success. He now carves in mediums of Red and Yellow Cedar, Alder and bone.
He is the sign of the Raven, hence his favourite carving.
John was born in Masset on haida Gwaii of Haida origin. He is the grandson of “Captain Andrew Brown” well known Argillite Carver from the Islands. About 10 years ago he started working with wood and continues to do so at his home in Sooke, B.C. where he now resides.
The Brentwood Box
The side of a single piece of Red Cedar which has been kerfed in three places, then steamed and bent into the box shape. When dry, the kerfs are glued and the join is drilled and pegged. The bottom is carefully fitted then glued, drilled and pegged.
Hello, my name is Randy Kerr. Thank you for your interest in my carvings. I initially began woodcarving 5 years ago when I moved to Victoria, with my wife Shauna to join our two daughters who were attending universtiy here. I was a chiropractor and had been in practice for 27 years in Belleville, Ontario.
Yellow Cedar Star Table $2025.00 CAD
Yellow Cedar Spawning Salmon Table $2025.00 CAD
Raven Catching the Sun (stained yellow cedar) $675.00 CAD
When we arrived in Victoria, I set up a chiropractic office downtown in Market Square. One of my neighbours in the area was Jack Kerr, “the Lone Wolf” who had a boutique storefront to market his carvings. I greatly admired his work, which consisted of cedar carvings of Native design. He agreed to accept me as his student. I was deeply drawn to this creative work and eventually my calling changed from chiropractic to carving. I left my practice in 2007 to spend more time carving.
I love working with our native woods, and in particular both red and yellow cedar. The texture, the smell and the beauty of the wood inspire me. Most of my carvings are inspired by native designs, which seem to connect with a deep inner part of me. Presently my focus and interest is in carving “coffe” tables, although I still enjoy large animal wall plaques and full dining tables
Yellow Cedar Salmon Table
Thank you again for your interest, and I would love to carve something just for you!!