In this class David will demonstrate how to carve a basic model totem pole in traditional Kwakiutl style from Vancouver Island, BC. Students will learn how to prepare the wood, layout the project and how to carve animal heads, bodies and claws along with other secondary figures. David will discuss and show how to use traditional carving tools including bent knives and adzes as well as how to razor sharpen these awkwardly shaped tools. . Students will get a chance to develop the skills necessary to using these tools effectively and safely. There will be discussions on the history of totem poles and the cultures that created these monuments in cedar, and the variety of objects and traditional styles of the Northwest Coast. David is a remarkable craftsman and his classes are always a blast.