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Sea Otter Bowl

18 inches x 8 inches. Harris collection.
Carved from alder with acrylic paint and opercula of red turban snail.

This representation is a female sea otter who is in the act of delivering a baby otter kitten. Procreation is one of my favorite themes and I have taken advantage of it many times.

The Harris’ had seen a photo of another sea otter bowl I had made and asked me to make one. I wasn’t too proud of that one andI wasn’t inspired. When the job was completed, they were thrilled while I was unemotional. I saw it several months later and fell in love with it and jokingly asked for it back.


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Head Canoe Bowl

12 inches x 6 inches.
Artist’s collection
Carved from alder.

This bowl is in the shape of a “Head“canoe. The design, which represents a sea mammal, is unpainted, but carved in low relief.

The canoe has a strong influence on the art of all the cultures of the Northwest Coast and that fact is visibly apparent in this example. Bowls of this type are truly a joy to create with the gentle dip and swell of the fair line of the gunwale and as a canoe carver it helps keep the form firmly ensconced in my being.

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Bowls from the Northwest Coast traditionally fell into three types. Round, canoe shaped and what would seem to be a zoomorphic configuration with a hollowed area in the center.

The round, or oval shaped bowls often are embellished with formline designs that are painted, carved, or painted and carved. Bowls in the shape of a “Head “ canoe, an ancient form seemed to fall out of favor by the middle nineteenth century.

Sea Otter Bowl

18 inches x 8 inches. Harris collection.
Carved from alder with acrylic paint and opercula of red turban snail.

Head Canoe Bowl

12 inches x 6 inches.
Artist’s collection
Carved from alder.