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Woodcarvings of the Pacific Northwest

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Blog entry by TedM posted 06-27-2008 08:17 PM 1274 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have always had a fascination with Pacific Northwest woodcarvings and a couple of weeks ago I was in Vancouver and had a chance to visit a few places to see these carvings up close.

I first went to Hills Native Art store which, though a retail outlet, is more like a museum or art gallery. It has hundreds of pieces of contemporary Native woodcarvings.

Next I had the chance to spend an afternoon in Stanley Park where the high point of my day was a visit to Totem Park. There are eight Totem poles there and a small interpretive center.

Then I visited the Museum Of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia where I got a chance to see and learn more about traditional woodcarving through actual artifacts.

I came home, not only with a better appreciation of First Peoples artwork, but with more of an understanding of their history and culture.

If anyone is interested I have posted quite a few photos on my website located here:

The Hills Are Alive With Native Art

The Totem Poles Of Totem Park

The Museum Of Anthropology At UBC

Thanks for looking…

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ChicoWoodnut

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#1 posted 06-27-2008 08:32 PM

Have you seen the ones at Vancouver International Airport? There are a couple of giant ones in the customs hall.

-- Scott - Chico California http://chicowoodnut.home.comcast.net

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Chris

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#2 posted 06-27-2008 10:59 PM

Amazing craftsmanship; thanks for the links.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#3 posted 06-28-2008 03:04 PM

Very cool stuff.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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TedM

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#4 posted 06-30-2008 01:16 PM

Thanks for looking!

Chico, yes, there is some fantastic art there!

-- I'm a wood magician... I can turn fine lumber into firewood before your very eyes! - Please visit http://www.woodworkersguide.com and sign up for my project updates!

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