Saturday, January 16, 2010
small replica Haaxw pole
16 jan 10 @ 11:42 am
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
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.
Monday, January 11, 2010
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year!
11 jan 10 @ 10:05 pm
I have just finished a marathon of carving, going non-stop until I finished my project, on time!
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.