About the Carver and this Blog

Working Drawing of Bailie Crest
Concept Drawing of Crest

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.

Vic & Young Grant Woodworking

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.)

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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.

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Ear Selfie

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 gvmcmillan@gmail.com

GVM

Grant McMillan is an award winning 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, colour and hardness to create beautiful works of art, each one as unique as the tree that grew in a location that shaped it over hundreds of years.  

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7 thoughts on “About the Carver and this Blog”

  1. My wife’s father just passed on and his ashes are going to be kept in a wooden urn. We have the urn already, but it has not been adorned with an engraving or a finish. We were wonderig if this something that you would be able to work with? If you have interest give me a call, 604 613-1782.

  2. Hi Grant …my name is Terri, I couldnt find a phone # for any carving assoc. but I ran across your name on one of the sites and thought maybe you’d know someone to contact in regards to some wood. We have two big chunks of cedar that were recently felled on the property, there’s also some smaller log pieces… do you know if any carvers would be interested in them or do you fall your own trees? The big ones are about 2.5 feet across by 11 ft, and 13 ft. Thanks for any help you can give me.

  3. my son is getting married in August 2014, we were hoping to get a family crest carved for the head table size 24″ wide and 30″ tall, I have a electronic copy which I can send you, a ball park on cost to determine whether this is even an option

    1. Hi Larry,
      This sounds like a very nice and important project. Costs are determined by size, type of wood, complexity of the carving, and the finish to be applied to the wood. I’ll detail more of this in an email to you. Cheers!

  4. I’m looking for some info I have come across a carved duck its stamped with blk ink under it saying another woodcarving from the shop of ??????something McMillan the stamp was over a knot so cant see first name. its carved also with a M inside a circle and 1983 under it is this your piece?

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