Tamara has worked on several poles that can be seen around the Lewis/Thurston county area. The Pole at Nisqually Middle School was the first. It was carved with Master Carver David Wilson and other carvers from the area. The second was a pole located at Squaxin Island Museum. Tamara did the design work and it was carved with the same carving group. The third was a commission for Roy Wilson of the Cowlitz tribe that is located at his Long House, the 4th is a pole done for dear friends Liz and Ron Schroeder at their home in Winlock, Wa. The 5th was done with a friend, John Fielding, located in Centralia, Wa. To see one of the Totem poles as it was being carved click on Projects above.
My Favorite Wood
Relief carvings as well as the larger Totem Poles encompass the design elements of the NorthWest coast Art style. There are rigid rules, color schemes and shapes that govern the carving style. Most flat pieces are carved in Alder, Cherry, Yellow Cedar or Bass wood.
Tamara started carving in 2003. After visiting museums, attending carving shows, taking classes from Master carvers and entering many carving shows, Tamara juried in to ArTrails of Southwest Washington. She has carved from small masks to large Totem Poles in the North West Coast Style.