Beau Wagner

Indigenous/First Nation Association(s): 
Sandy Bay First Nations

Beau Wagner
Stz’uminus Canoe carver
5867 Annsobel circle Nanaimo BC V9V 1E1
Canoe carving, has been my trade Since 2013. The late Master carver, Elmer Sampson was my mentor for those six years as well as Manny Sampson who continues to mentor me. In this time we completed many traditional crafts; singles, doubles, six man and presently a journey canoe. There were many other carving projects as well.
January 2013 to January 2014
Apprenticeship under the late Elmer Sampson; Fundamentals of canoe carving,
Protocols’ and traditional based learning techniques Blessings of the canoe and creator
Elmer Sampson roughed out five canoes and I finished from sanding to installation of seat kicker fiberglass and wax.
Little canoes in various sizes, mostly used as bowls for sage.
Outfit paddles made in bundles of 300 to 400, depending on jacket size.
January 2014 to January 2015
Master Elmer Sampson and I completed two double dugouts from log to finish. Journey canoe repair for Snuneymuxw First Nation.
Single canoe repairs, new seats and interior refinishing.
Outfit paddles, straight blade and dog leg paddles.
January 2015 to January 2016
Journey canoe repairs, new seats and hull repairs.
Single and double canoe repairs.
A strip canoe, designed by Elmer Sampson from plan to completion.
First dugout with mentors help. Out fit paddles, canoe bowls and paddles.
January 2016 to January 2017
One strip canoe.
Dugout canoe built with Manny Sampson. Mill operator learning.
Carved dugout with sea wolf head and tail. Single canoe repairs.
Strip canoe.
Acquiring lumber six man racing canoe.
January 2018 to January 2019
Built two dugout canoes with sea wolf head and tail.
Worked with Manny Sampson to build a six man racing canoe, completed.
Repairs on single and double canoes.
A single man strip canoe.
Resourcing materials for journey canoe; erected frames, installed keel, bow and stern stem, beginning planking.
January 2019 to Present
Completed two single dugouts with sea wolf head and tail.
Twelve foot model canoe with sea wolf head and tail.
Spring-single dugout canoes started.
Tribal Journey canoe, 40 Ft. long, with sea wolf head and tail-hand carved details being inlaid throughout the canoe.



Ladysmith , British Columbia
48° 59' 43.224" N, 123° 48' 57.96" W
British Columbia CA