Master carver refreshes Petersburg totem poles


September 14, 2023

Olivia Rose / Petersburg Pilot

Tlingit master carver Tommy Joseph / Naal xák'w, of Sitka, visited last week to clean the Eagle and Raven poles in downtown Petersburg. Joseph originally carved the two 35-foot red cedar totem poles in 2000.

He is pictured above on September 7, using a scraper and scrubbing tool to clean off the vegetation, and had a bucket full of lichen and moss.

He was there to "clean it, and then we'll treat it, and cleaning it will brighten all the paint, so I shouldn't have to touch up anything."

"Normally, you just clean them up and it'll brighten them up again," he said. Joseph explained that the...

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