Master carver refreshes Petersburg totem poles
September 14, 2023
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...