Jan collects the wood used in his carvings from the forest around his home. Ball headed clubs are made from hard maple root balls. His effigy bowls and spoons are made from maple, elm, or yellow birch burls, knots, or gnarls where the grain forms varied and intricate patterns. His carved figures also come from the woods here in Big Bay and often reflect that magic of the forest from which they come.

Carved cedar flute, burl effigy bowl, and burl effigy ladle

Carved cedar flute, burl effigy bowl, and burl effigy ladle

Carved bowl with spoons

Carved bowl with spoons

Group of burl bowls, bottom right bowl with two thunder beings measures approximately 2 feet in diameter

Group of burl bowls, bottom right bowl with two thunder beings measures approximately 2 feet in diameter

Burl bowl

Burl bowl

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Carved bowl   

Carved bowl

 

Club head

Club head

Overhead view of carved wooden clubs

Overhead view of carved wooden clubs

Club head

Club head

Carved wood "Tree Dweller"

Carved wood "Tree Dweller"

Close up of carved wood "Tree Dweller"

Close up of carved wood "Tree Dweller"

Carved effigy

Carved effigy

Carved wood effigy

Carved wood effigy

Handmade maple paddle canoe with carved handle, 6 inch wide by 34 inch wampum belt, and trade hatchet

Handmade maple paddle canoe with carved handle, 6 inch wide by 34 inch wampum belt, and trade hatchet

Toboggan and snowshoes

Toboggan and snowshoes