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 Wood Carving in USA

Philbert Hoanie

Philbert Hoanie

Philbert Honanie is Coyote Clan from the village of Hotevilla on Third mesa. He is one of the first carvings to revitalize the old style or traditional method of Katsina doll carving. He only uses natural pigments that he collects and processes from around his village and gathers the cottonwood root that he carves from the San Juan river in southern Utah. He carves to help people understand and appreciate the Hopi culture and uses only an pocket knife to carve with, and keeps his dolls simple to help people appreciate the designs and motifs used in Hopi carving.
Shirod Younker

Shirod Younker

Shirod Younker is a Portland-based printmaker, illustrator, carver and member of the Coquille Indian Tribe. Younker works primarily as a program manager for the "Journeys in Creativity" program at the Oregon College of Art and Craft, the only pre-college art program for Native American teens in the United States. He plans, manages and teaches workshops for both rural and urban Native communities in the Pacific Northwest. Workshops and camps focus on traditional and contemporary arts that perpetuates culture. Past workshops and art camps have focused on printmaking, metal smithing, photography, ceramics, weaving and carving. His efforts to bring contemporary art to outlying communities introduces new avenues of artistic expression and opportunities for higher education for Native youth. Working with a knowledge of traditional design and art from along the Columbia River, Willamette Valley and Southern Oregon Coast, Younker draws from a host of source material to create work that explore a wide range of formal, political, educational or traditional themes, exploring weaving patterns as well as figurative scenes with historical and contemporary resonances. He received a BFA in applied visual arts from Oregon State University and is also a tribal canoe builder, canoe arts practitioner and instructor. He has received a number of commissions, including the Oregon Department of Education, Willamette University, Oregon Historical Society Museum, Oregon State University, and The Mill Casino.
Abel Ryan

Abel Ryan

Abel Ryan was born in Ketchikan, Alaska in 1978. His home is in Metlakatla on the Annette Island Reserve in Southeast Alaska. Abel is half Tsimshian, a member of the Metlakatla Indian Community, and a member of the Wolf Clan. In May of 2006 Abel graduated from Sheldon Jackson College with a B.A. in Liberal Arts and a minor in Art. In May of 2009 he graduated from University of Alaska Fairbanks with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Native Arts Studio and Printmaking. Abel studied traditional Tsimshian art under master carver Jack Hudson of Metlakatla. He has carved in Metlakatla, Sitka, Juneau, and Fairbanks for over 24 years. Working in the medium of wood and metals, Abel produces masks, bowls, spoons, pipes, ladles, plaques, combs, bracelets, rings, pendants and other hand carved items. He is also proficient in two-dimensional graphic design using Northwest Coast formline art. In June 2013 Abel was invited to an international carving competition in Beijing China. Abel has also taught classes at Sheldon Jackson College and the University of Alaska in Sitka and Fairbanks, and the Alaska Native Heritage Foundation in Anchorage as well as done artist demonstrations at the Sheldon Jackson Museum in Sitka, Museum of the North in Fairbanks, and the Alaska State Museum in Juneau, AK. Abel's work is sold in galleries in Juneau, Fairbanks, Ketchikan, and Sitka. He also has work in private collections.
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