Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Dug Out Canoe Project

This summer I was invited to help build with a Mauri dugout canoe project with Taki Smith, a Mauri from New Zealand , John Smith from the Skokomish Tribe and Meleno Lovato, also a native crafts man. The project was a good experience for me and I learned a lot from them and I also shared knowledge. This was an approach to boat building I was not familiar with, it was much different because we were almost carving a boat. Skin on frame is very different but I received a lot of information that will help me when I start making replica kayaks. Overall my carving ability has been greatly improved from this experience.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

This past weekend I attended an annual native carvers convention at the Long House at Evergreen State College. I connected with other native craftsmen and women who shared a similar vision. We were all there with the intent to learn from each other and also to recognize similarities and difference within our aboriginal roots. My knowledge was tremendously expanded from the experience. Some of the carvers were also boat builders as well and we shared different building ideas. There were tribal people from as far away as New Zealand and Hawaii. There were a lot of people there representing the North Pacific rim. I was the only person there with ancestry from the arctic region.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

This passed August I was invited to the Burk Museum in Seattle Washington to do a building demo there at the Native arts gathering. With the help of other native boat builders as well, John Smith from the Skokomish tribe and Dwight Tuvek a fellow Bering Straights native. It was a true collaboration of native artist and I learned a lot from John And Dwight that I will carry it with me for times to come.
The Demo was a good experience for me and it drew a large amount of people to watch in amazement as I put the kayak together. Being a skilled kayak builder I can build fast and the construction is entertaining for people to watch. People were very interested in the history and also my family connection with the kayak. People are becoming more interested in the History of this craft because of the popularity of the sport in recent years. I am hoping to dive into doing more demo work in the near future and concentrate on places were people are selling recreational kayaks as well as natural history museums. This way there will become a bridge between the passed and the future of this craft and make it that much more interesting for people.