I learned to carve from an elder who used to stay across the road from me. One night, when I was 15, I went to go see him. I asked what he was up to carving, and he gave me a muskox antler and told me to carve, so I did. That’s how I started carving.
I mostly carve birds out of muskox antlers. We have swans and loons around Tuktoyaktuk so I can see them and their movements first hand. They’re huge up close! In the past few years, I’ve made quite a bit - I’d say thirty to forty pieces.
I get my muskox horn from people in the community. Then I just grab a knife and start shaving it out and let the shape of the bird some out of the material. One day I’d like to make ivories of geese and snowbirds because they’re beautiful, nice birds.