Who would picture a gearhead as an artist?

The precision and patience required of a mechanic is surprisingly similar to the attributes for a professional sculptor. Dan has always loved the lines and emotions of art and has the mechanical eye of knowing that 1/16 of an inch makes the difference in balance and precision for his soapstone dancing bears.

His artistic journey began when Dan started to purchase art from world renown soapstone carver; Ben Henry and the Henry family. He became a family friend before ever picking up the soapstone carver’s tools.

Seeing Dan’s interest and feeling a kindred spirit, Ben lent the tools and provided the mentorship having the direct result of Johdan Stone Art.

The Johdan wildlife soapstone sculptures reveal Dan’s unique naturalistic observations and his great technical skill. The powerful artistic imagination involved is boundless.

Johdan Stone Art’s growing popularity has presented many new phases for his art including; commissions to sculpt corporate awards, gifts and company logos as well as special pieces for art lovers.

Dan created the soapstone award for the Best Canadian Feature Film at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.

Due to Dan’s background as a professional stock car driver, one of his most exciting commissions has been the sculpting of the 2007 Grand Prix of Toronto Trophies in Canadian soapstone.

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Juried Exhibitions and Competitions

  • 2015 1st Place  – Canadian Woodcarving Championships Other Media
  • 2014 1st & 3rdPlace – Canadian Woodcarving Championships
  • 2012  2nd& 3rdPlace – Canadian Woodcarving Championships
  • 2011 1st Place – Canadian Woodcarving Championships
  • 2011  Perry Gallery Exhibition  – Burlington Art Center
  • 2010 Accepted by Jury – Burlington Art Centre Honorable Mention
  • 2010 Kaleidoscope Juried show  – Burlington Art Centre
  • 2010  Earth Fire Imagination Exhibition – Burlington Art Centre
  • 2009 3rd Place -Canadian Woodcarving Championships
  • 2009  Perry Gallery Exhibition  – Burlington Art Center
  • 2008  Juried  McMichael Gallery Volunteer Art Sale
    Scored in the top 4 of 195 applicants in Ontario