My first woodworking project

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Project by Rustic posted 03-11-2009 11:03 PM 1641 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a piece to a totem pole that was part of the YMCA’s Indian guides. This is also the first woodworking project (that I can recall). My dad and I did this together. The white feather was my “given name” in my tribe. The arrow was my dad’s he was known as “Tall Arrow” as he stood 6’6” tall. The fish was what we liked to do. and the bird like carving was our tribe. Don’t remember the name of our tribe. This was made in 1975 when I was eight years old. I still to this day remember doing this. I did some of the carving. This was a special time for my dad and I. It looks to be made of red cedar. It looks the same as it did 34 years ago.

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#1 posted 03-11-2009 11:51 PM

Really cool!

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#2 posted 03-12-2009 12:50 AM

Great memories.
Thanks for sharing.

-- R

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#3 posted 03-12-2009 01:55 AM

Something to hand down to future generations along with the stories of how you and you dad did it together. Thanks for sharing

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#4 posted 03-12-2009 04:34 AM

Great story. Thanks for sharing!

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#5 posted 03-12-2009 06:01 AM

An family heirloom for sure. I think it’s neat that you made it with your Dad.

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#6 posted 02-02-2010 02:35 AM

aaaaaw pass the tissues!! What a wonderful project and so full of memories.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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