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Richard Voudrach

Region: 
Inuvik Beaufort Delta
Community: 
Tuktoyaktuk
Phone: 
(867) 977-2166
Address: 
301 Beaufort Drive
P.O. Box 85
Tuktoyaktuk, NT X0E 1C0

Artist Story

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 come out of the material. One day I’d like to make ivories of geese and snowbirds because they’re beautiful, nice birds.

Last Updated: October 6, 2015

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