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Shakes Bear screen carving to get underway


Greg Knight

Master carver Steve Brown, seen here with the rejuvenated Chilkat Blanket screen, is currently working on a new cedar screen for the exterior and interior of Chief Shakes Tribal House..

The traditional cedar screen that will adorn the face of the renovated Chief Shakes Tribal House will spring from bare wood beginning this week – and give colorful life to the new building, courtesy of master carver Steve Brown and his crew of adzers.

According to Brown, the past week saw the cedar used on the screen adzed, joined and the traditional design drawn on its face courtesy of some high-tech methods.

“We’re wrapping up the adzing of the boards and the surface will have the same hand-hewn texture as the rest of the house, only it’ll be done to a little finer scale because w...

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