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Local man helps create masterpiece sculptures


Jess Field / Petersburg Pilot

Chris Fry standing next to freshly cut yellow cedar timber for John Grade's upcoming Alaska inspired sculptures.

About five years ago, a historic 165 foot schooner called the Wawona had been cut into large sections and practically written off as waste. In fact, it was headed to the landfill before sculptor John Grade (pronounced Grah-DAY), was commissioned to turn it into a 65-foot tall piece of art that weighs around 11,000 pounds. The ship had been docked next to a historic armory building in the Seattle South Lake neighborhood, the armory was taken over by the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle, who then commissioned Grade to create the sculpture.

But Grade and a team of 16 people had a pro...

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Seakwood writes:

We are going on our fourth year of living in this wonderful community. Chris and I appreciate all the community support as he builds his business. Thank you for writing such a wonderful article by highlighting his unique talent and contribution to the Arts. Cyndy Fry


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