Red Tail Hawk Dish
12 inches × 18 inches × 36 inches
(inside dimensions). Private collection.
Carved from Sitka spruce.
University of Victoria collection. Carved from Sitka spruce, with acrylic paint, opercula of turban snail, acrylic paint, and spruce root lacing. This was made from a vertical grain plank of Sitka spruce measuring 4 inches × 10 inches × 10 feet.
On a bent-corner box, the kerf is carved so one side presses tightly into the other, actually crushing the fibers a little, the kerf on a bent dish is carved to precise dimensions allowing the sides to slide together snugly, without stress to either surface.
The theme is of a mother hawk giving birth to its young.
I cut the kerfs and steam and bend the corners, fastening the joined end with spruce root. I then shape and temporarily fasten the western red cedar bottom. Then I sculpt the sides into the typical bulged configuration, incorporating form lines and sculpturally intruded faces and appendages. I then hollow the inside of the dish, trying to create a bowl configuration while maintaining an even thickness to the walls. This done, I secure the bottom permanently with spruce root and finish the outside surface with painted and relief-carved formline design.