10 feet × 3 feet. Wagner collection.
Carved from western red cedar.
Carved from very close- grained, light-hued, old-growth western red cedar.
The material for this piece was selected by the client, who is one of the partners in Pacific Western Timber. The cedar was truly the finest I have ever had the pleasure to work with.
I generally make detailed drawings for a project like this. This allows the client a preview and helps any assistants visualize where we’re going. In this case, my apprentice Dave Franklin and I worked from a very rough sketch and just went for it, designing as we went. Sometimes the magic just seems to work. It’s one of my favorites. Represented from top to bottom are a raven, a bear in the moon, flukes of an orca, a red-tailed hawk, two king salmon, and the head and pectoral fins of the orca.