“In this sculpture I wanted to capture the feeling of the drumdancer strong and upright playing his drum with pride. I now have a new Foredom rotary tool with no vibration which has allowed me to push the detailing further on this piece, especially on the hands, facial details and the hair. I have also handmade a few special chisels and scrapers to achieve even finer detailing. I also took a considerable amount of time working on the clothing as I wanted to give the impression of the creases and folds in the fabric. I like the way the kamiks (boots) turned out as they look like they are made of skin. I tried to make the jacket look like it was an actual garment on the drummer’s body by carving in and around the neck, sleeves and hem — I was extremely happy with the way the hood turned out. I grinded the antler drum skin very thin and I must admit I was worried about going through. I then wanted to make the skin around the rim seem soft and loose compared to the tightness on the drum head.”
Billy was born on July 7, 1978, in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador. In his early years he travelled eastern Canada residing and schooling in Ottawa, Yarmouth and Halifax in Nova Scotia, then at the age of thirteen returned to live in Goose Bay. He now lives in North West River in Labrador and enjoys fishing and hunting on the land with his family.
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