I’m a Western Canadian writer, woodcarver, and fiddle player with a passion for history and the unexplained.
I am the author of the following non-fiction books on Canadian folklore, all of which are available on Amazon:
- Legends of the Nahanni Valley (2018)
- Mysteries of Canada: Volume I (2019)
- Mysteries of Canada: Volume II (2020)
- The Oak Island Encyclopedia (2019)
- The Oak Island Encyclopedia: Volume II (2020)
I spent my earliest years growing up in Canada’s Pacific Northwest, and developed a deep fascination with the unique artistic style of that region’s various First Nations. I try to emulate that style in my own woodcarvings, most of which are miniature totem poles. I prefer to carve the old-fashioned way, without power tools or sandpaper, and try use natural pigments like red ochre and bone char whenever I paint my work.
You can see some of the carvings I’ve made here.
I started taking violin lessons from my uncle at the age of five, and have been playing ever since. Although I’m classically-trained, I prefer to play fiddle music, and have taken a special interest in Metis fiddling in an effort to get in touch with my Orcadian-Cree roots.
From 2014-2019, I contributed my fiddling to over 100 songs and instrumental tracks composed by artists from all over the world. I temporarily retired from freelance fiddle work in 2019, and now only play occasionally for close friends and old loyal repeat-customers.
In 2017, I published a CD entitled Lost Tunes of Rupert’s Land, a compilation of old, nearly-forgotten Metis fiddle tunes accompanied by a traditional buffalo-skin drum. This CD will be retired in May 2021, and so I encourage those interested in purchasing it to do so while it is still available.
You can listen to some samples of my fiddling here.