Photography by Laurie Mahood, with contributions from Snowdragon Photography.
Teddy Mahood began his early career as a social worker by opening and running 3 halfway houses; working for BC and Federal Corrections running workshops and the Scared Straight program; and being nighttime supervisor at A.I.M.S. (Allied Indian Metis Society) House in Vancouver.
After 23 years of this, he "needed out" and bought property on Denman Island, BC.
Surrounded by nature, and with 'free wood' available on the beaches and in slash piles on logging sites, he was inspired to start carving with whatever wood he could scrounge up and bring home.
His first major sale was this standing sculpture, "The Raven". In this piece, Teddy wanted to represent three centuries of Native Art. He used stone tools in one section, metal tools on another, and silkscreen for the third.
He had Raven and a few other pieces in The Trading Post Gallery in Victoria, BC., when the curator for Washington DC's Smithsonian Institute was seeking pieces for a travelling exhibit of North West Coast Native art. "Due to public acclaim", the curator said in a phone call, "we have had it on display in the entrance foyer of our Northwest Coast Native exhibit". The curator felt Teddy's sculpture "represented a New Direction in Native Art."
Since then, Teddy's art pieces have gone world-wide, to both private and corporate clients.
Over the years and he was featured on Victoria TV, BCTV and in numerous publications such as the Vancouver Sun and Province, and the Seattle Times.
In 1996, he chose to do a mural and door project for a private home in Whistler. He began creating murals that covered whole walls, indoors and out.
Teddy married his friend of 20 years, Laurie Roth on June 24, 2000.
Laurie was one of Vancouver, BC's first women professional portrait photographers working on her own. She was also a custom print technician for colour and B&W prints; a retouch artist and teacher.
The artwork began to see COLOUR! Previously, Teddy had mainly stayed with natural, red mahogany and black walnut stains; with the occasional use of natural stains like strong coffee and beet juice.
The Mahoods were the Featured Sculptors in Vancouver's 2001 P.N.E. Prize Home, during their big fall fair and exhibition. Sadly, 9/11 happened before the contracts were signed, and as a personal consequence, all their sales and contracts - changed their minds and canceled.
Teddy and Laurie sold their 10 acre Denman Island paradise and moved to Lone Butte, near 100 Mile House, BC, buying a big commercial building and opening their Gallery. Most big sales still happened during sales trips to Vancouver and Whistler, so when Family Called, Teddy and Laurie, moved to the beautiful Kootenay region of British Columbia and now live in the remote community of Kingsgate, near Creston.
They both do design. Teddy does most of the carving, burning, wire brushing and sanding, and Laurie also carves, and does final carving and cleaning and adds color to their creations with paint and stain.
They enjoy a quiet life surrounded by nature, with their Great Danes. Shown here are 2 generations with Alixx (mantle) and her son, Apache Sioux (harlequin); and newcomer, Coco (fawn harlequin). Now and then, they raise a litter of puppies.
*Health Update* In late October, 2020, Teddy, who turned 76 this summer, had a minor stroke. He has mostly recovered, is getting some speech therapy, and is taking it easy. Teddy and Laurie do plan a few art projects this winter, and are working on writing a series of pod casts teaching their style of carving and finishing. They hope to start shooting video this winter and spring.