Friday, May 9, 2014
retiree finds his niche in driftwood art
Mark Folsum shows a photo of his
driftwood art Sunday at the Armouries.
Fulsom has visions. He sees images in oddly shaped pieces of
driftwood. It's not unlike seeing the face of Jesus in a piece of
toast. Sometimes it's an eagle, other times it's a whale.
The Chilliwack retiree
spends time combing the banks of the Fraser River and Lower Mainland
beaches for his pieces. It's not hard to assume his art begins it's
voyage high in the north and slowly pounded into distinct shapes by
torrents and rocks as it makes it's way to coastal waters.
"Driftwood art. That's what I'm into now. I've been doing driftwood
art for about 6 months now," says Fulsom.
On Sunday, he was at the Armouries Flea Market selling collectibles.
Fulsom grabs a stack of photos off one of his tables and begins
flipping through them. He holds one up and points out a curved piece
"This is a dragon and I made it into a cane. It's solid white pine,"
he says brimming with pride.
Fulsom has lived in Chilliwack for the last 20 years. He grew up in
Vancouver often hanging out with Native people who taught him the
basics of carving.
"When I was young, in 1967 at 8 or 9 years of age, I used to go down
to Vancouver and stay at Riley Park and then go down to Pidgeon Park
and carve with Dan Chief George. That's how I learned my stuff,"
These days he keeps busy selling antiques and collector
bric-a-brac and his carvings out of Ellen's
Eclectic Gifts, multi-vendor store located at 7125 Vedder Rd. in
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