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Carving a Model NW Native Head Canoe

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Carving a Model NW Native Head Canoe
Jay Haavik
Date and Time:
10:00am - 4:00pm
$465 plus $50 Materials Fee
Total Cost:
Minimum Age Level:
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Workshop Overview

The canoes of the Northwest Coast Natives were not only their means of transportation, but also their way of cultural interchange. Unlike more traditional canoes, the head canoes were probably not very functional and most likely ceremonial with elaborate painted designs on the bow and stern.

In this workshop we will make a 24” long model of a head canoe from western red cedar.

Participants are encouraged to use traditional NW Coast native tools (Straight knives, curved and crooked knives and adzes, although European gouges can be used as well.)

About the Instructor(s)

Jay Haavik has always been interested in older cultures, their art forms and their tools and technology. This includes the art of the Northwest Coast native peoples and the Vikings and their culture - both of which have occupied much of his forty year professional art career. He has been privileged to undertake the carvings for a full size Viking ship (2010-12), the making of a number of totem poles (including leading the making of Sitka's "Trickster" pole), and the designing and installing of a large outdoor "ship" shaped Leif Erikson memorial in Seattle.

Materials List: Students Bring


• Pencil

• Eraser

• See-thru-ruler

• Sketch pad

• Tracing paper

• Straight knife

• Variety of gouges

• NW Coast native knives

• Adze

The instructor will have some tools available for students to use as well.

If you have questions about the class, tools, etc. contact the instructor at:

Materials List Provided by Instructor(s)

Western red cedar for canoe
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