On January 9 of 2019 Les Gens de Bois will celebrate fourty years of carving in Winnipeg. On that date in 1979, Dr. Henri Guyot and a small group of friends formed a wood carving group in the work shop of Louis Riel School. Involvement in the Festival du Voyageur and a number of other events over the early years where they showcased their craft led to a surge in membership. This growth in member ship necessitated a move to a larger facility. In 1990 the club moved to the woodworking shop in Bernie Wolfe School where meetings continue to be held each Tuesday evening during the school year.
Involvement with the Festival du Voyageur continues where Les Gens de Bois present carving displays and workshops where the public can try their hand at carving.
Today the vision held by Dr. Guyot lives on with classes on various styles of carving, formal and informal presentations on a variety of carving and safety related topics, and social carving. Mentoring for novice carvers has always been an important part of our club focus. Carving kits (and safety gloves) are available for those who would like to try their hand at this historic and highly satisfying art form.