Charlie Tanner

Born: 1904  |  Died: 1982

Charlie Tanner. Sculptor. Woodcarver. Stonehurst, Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia. Active 3rd quarter 20th century.

A fisherman for most of his life, he became a folk artist in the 1970’s. He quickly became known for his wonderful carvings of people in all of life’s situations. He was first shown in the Houston North Gallery in Lunenburg and collected by Chris Huntington (1974). His carvings are very distinctive and well painted. His work is in many museum and private collections.

A sample of his work:

Charlie Tanner. A Family.

Charlie Tanner. A Family.


His mark:

Charlie Tanner. His mark.

Charlie Tanner. His mark.


A link to Charlie Tanner in his workshop (from the classicfolkartblogspot web site):



Ref:Blake McKendry, An Illustrated Companion to Canadian Folk Art (1999)

Ref:A.G.N.S., Charlie Tanner Retrospective (1984);

Ref:A.G.N.S., Nova Scotia Folk Art – Canada’s Cultural Heritage (1989);

Ref: The Black Sheep Gallery

Ref: Scott Higgins at  A fascinating blog and a good read.