I am Grant McMillan, a woodcarver and sculptor based in Walnut Grove, British Columbia. I completed my Bachelor’s degree at Northwest Baptist Theological College, and my MA in Organizational Leadership at Briercrest College & Seminary. I am the Registrar at Trinity Western University.
I carve because I love beauty, I love wood, and I love oh look at that! moments. I am inspired by people who have great skill in creating things that are beautiful and useful. and I am striving to do that myself.
I come from a long line of lovers of wood. My grandfather, Harold McMillan, was a logger and forester in Ontario. My father, Victor McMillan, was raised in logging camps and became a highly skilled woodworker who made many beautiful pieces of furniture (and two cedar strip canoes with me). I made my first piece of furniture in 1980, and I have been carving since 1993, when my father and I collaborated on a piece of furniture that had a small relief carving of a fish that I completed as part of the project. He handed me a drawing of the fish, pointed to the band saw and said, “See what you can do with that.” I was hooked! (Yes, I also love fly fishing.)
I prefer to leave my carvings unpainted with the carving gouge marks showing because I want to see the grain of the wood enhanced by the skill of the carver in using a gouge. In this way, I carve with my gouges much like painters use unique brush strokes. Therefore, most of my carvings are finished with a clear finish such as oil and wax, varnish, shellac, lacquer, etc.
If you want a sculpture that reflects your own loves, browse my Gallery for items for sale or contact me and we (you and I) can co-create a piece of art that is just for you. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Grant McMillan is a wood carver and sculptor whose works are in private collections all over Canada, the western United States, New Zealand, South Africa and Asia. He strives to work with the nature of the wood, enhancing the grain, texture, and colour to create sculptures, each one as unique as the tree that grew in a location that shaped it over hundreds of years.