The carver Ken Kidder is a true artist and craftsman, Ken is a native of Washington States, Skagit Valley. Although he is not Indian he has been carving in the Northwest Coast Native style for many years. Ken carves in the manner of, and as far as possible, using the tools used by the original carvers.
These are excellent pieces of contemporary art and wood carving, as you will ever hope to find. The caricatures are carved from a single piece of alder wood. Ken has carved wooden food bowls, masks, ceremonial rattles and other wood items used by the Tlingit, Haida, Kwakiutl, and other Northwest Indian tribes.
The materials used to create this carving are: inlaid abalone, sinew, leather, yew wood, bamboo for the handle wrap, and primarily alder wood. Ken goes to great lengths to find the right items so the rattle will have the sound that he desires. Using stones, coins, bells, keys, etc.
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"Ken carves in the manner of, and as far as possible, using the tools used by the original carvers"