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Saturday, January 16, 2010

small replica Haaxw pole

here it is! this pole was replicated based on various photos provided by Nyanna, and also reference pics in the book "Totem Poles of the Gitsxan, Upper Skeena River" by Marius Barbeau. I loved carving this pole, I started out by studying the heck out of the original, I had to get this pole right, since it was a replica. I used Gitxsan style carving on the parts that are obscure. I double checked the porportions, and I tapered the block to reflect the size and original taper on the original pole.

I spent a LOT of time carving the tiny frogs that are over the eyes and coming out the mouth. This was difficult since I usually adjust the eyes until they look right, I adjusted the eyes very carefully, and each time I changed the angle, depth or roundness of the eyes I had to carve around the frog. The important thing about the frog coming out the mouth was to have a continuous line and flow (and angle) under the frog. It took a while, I was being finicky, but I'm happy with the outcome.

this was the ultimate study of one of our local poles! an awesome experience and one I'd like to repeat. 

16 jan 10 @ 11:42 am          Comments

Monday, January 11, 2010

Happy New Year!
Happy New Year!
I have just finished a marathon of carving, going non-stop until I finished my project, on time!
I will post the photos this week so everyone will see the replica pole done small. I am so happy about it, it was such an honor to be asked to create this piece. There is just something so special about recreating the past and history for the people to whom the history belongs to. Thank you Nyanna.
Now I will take a couple of days off, rest my poor tired wrists, then carve that special folding spoon for my aunt.
My youngest son scored his first goals in a game! He is so happy about it and I'm so proud and happy for him.
I love my life.
11 jan 10 @ 10:05 pm          Comments

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Summer 2008

completed year 2 at the Freda Diesing NWCC program.

Northern Exposure II at the Spirit Wrestler Gallery
Four large standing panels, Stained Glass, commissioned by John Carlo Felicella for Culinary Team Canada for the 2008 Culinary Oplympics

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