Carving of Sooke artist’s hand goes missing

Driftwood Steve's handcarved hand was pilfered from local inn

A large hand carved wooden hand was stolen from Sooke and the artist is offering a reward.

A large hand carved wooden hand was stolen from Sooke and the artist is offering a reward.

It’s the hand that cradles new life and it is missing.

Driftwood Steve’s hand carved hand, which was at the Sooke Harbour House was pilfered from the grounds sometime around March 24, 2014.

Steve was set to give the art piece to his niece but it went missing and he wants it back. He is offering a reward of $750 to whoever returns the red cedar carving.

“The reward is to anyone who brings information to the return of the hand, no questions asked,” said Steve.

The hand is about four feet long and two and-a-half feet wide and as shown it can cradle a wee baby.

“It’s carved by my hand of my hand,” he said.

Steve spent more than 60 hours carving the hand after he found the cedar burl on the beach.

Driftwood Steve is a carver and artist. He has numerous examples of his talent at the Sooke Harbour House. He calls it Art by Nature and that’s his only livelihood.

“It’s sad, my only income is from my art,” he said in reference to the missing art piece.

He fashions wooden flowers, gates, fences, arbors and all manner of creative pieces out of the driftwood he finds on the beaches in the Sooke area. He’s a wood salvager and a recycler, artist and craftsman.

He asks anyone who may know where his piece is to just return it to where they found it or get in touch so he can retrieve it. Call Steve at 250-686-8974 or email to: artbynaturesteve@gmail.com.

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