Carve a Traditional Pacific Northwest Totem Pole with David Franklin September 16-20, 2019


$825 tuition, $125 material fee
Key Points:
*Learning basic totem sculptural techniques
*Carving a bear face, body, legs and claws
*Learning basic principles of Northwest Coast graphic design
*Discuss the uses of cedar on the Northwest Coast
*Learn the basic palette and how totems were painted
*How to layout a basic totem
*Using a variety of adzes and traditional tools
*Sharpening techniques for bent knives

Workshop Available

Pay a deposit of $300.00 per item


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.

There is an annual, nonrefundable registration fee of $45.

This registration fee is not a part of the class fee and is not deducted from the final balance due. This is the financial binding that locks you into the class and starts the registration process. This fee does not apply to students who only take one single day workshop.