Native Totem Carver
One of Alaska’s leading Native carvers can be seen at the Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary carving facility, transforming an Alaska red cedar log into a classic totem pole, featuring wildlife and legends of the area. Master carver Wayne Hewson has been carving since 1989. He is a Tsimshian from Metlakatla, a Native community on Annette Island, 17 miles from Ketchikan.
In addition to poles, Wayne is an accomplished creator of wooden spoons, bowls, paddles, canes, talking sticks, masks, hats, panels, halibut hooks, transformation masks and box drums. His work is featured in collections throughout the U.S. and at international art centers. He is a recognized story teller, and a participant in traditional Native song and dance performances. Several poles carved by Wayne Hewson are displayed at the Sanctuary.
In his time at the Rainforest Sanctuary, he has carved 13 wonderful poles that are on display throughout the property. Each one tells a story about the area, its people and wildlife. The Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary is proud to be opening a brand new larger Carving Studio during the 2016 season to improve the visitor experience and expand the possibilities of what Wayne can create.