In the summer of 2003 I designed and carved a totem about 16 feet tall to tell the story of our family. It is located at Balsam Lake, Ontario. The central characters represent my daughter (The Bear), my wife (The Squirrel) and myself (The Owl). The thunderbird is our family pet, an African Grey parrot and the lower character (The Big Fish, Nahma) represents where we met.
The totem stands just under 16 feet tall and is made from western red cedar. Each character was carved separately and assembled to make the final pole.
If you click on the photo you will see a slide show of some of the construction.
Four years later I designed and built the second totem to commemorate my wife's family. The base of this pole has graphic symbols to represent the many business that the Murray family has operated on Balsam Lake in Ontario over the years. The four characters represent my wife (The Squirrel, and the only character on both poles), her brother (The Raccoon), her mother (The Fox) and her father (The Loon).
This totem stand close to the other and is also about 16 feet tall and was built using the same techniques the previous.
If you click on the photo you will see a slide show of some of the construction of this pole.