Westcoast Native-style carving

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Project by drlamb posted 11-16-2021 02:50 PM 491 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are three pieces that I carved a while back, started during some native-style carving classes I’ve attended. I am not native (Scots/Irish/English with a touch of Scandinavian according to!) but I am a great admirer of the form and style – I find it extremely expressive, and each piece is intended to tell part of a story. During the class, the instructor would tell us the tales associated with each of the images we were carving, along with some of the cultural background. All three are carved in red cedar. The first two are what the instructor called “featherboards” about 18” long and 4” wide. The last is a decorative paddle (it is definitely NOT strong enough to use in the water!) It is about 4 1/2’ long and about 6” wide at its widest point. This last item shows the first version of the is paddle I made. I ended up selling it to a really nice older lady who wanted a unique gift for her husband. I made sure to let her know that it wasn’t a true native carving, merely done in that style. The second version is currently hanging in my home, along with a related piece with a similar shape, but done with Celtic and Norse carvings (which is as I said, my heritage.) I’ve also done up a couple of versions of the Salmon carving – which I’ve given as gifts. I hope you enjoy!

-- Dan

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#1 posted 11-16-2021 03:44 PM

Nicely done!

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