Model Pole of Thunderbird, Bear Holding Mask by Rick Williams, Nuu-chah-nulth
Model Pole of Thunderbird and Bear Holding a Mask by Rick Williams, Nuu-Chah-Nulth First Nation red cedar, stain 13” high x 12” wide x 3.5” deep
Rick Williams, born 1955 in Seattle, is a seventh generation Nitinaht Carver of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations of Vancouver Island, Canada. His teacher and mentor was his father Ray Williams. Ray, Taught his skills and knowledge to his oldest son Rick and his brothers and sisters as well as a few other local carvers lucky enough to get an apprenticeship. Ray Williams passed away in 1988.
In early 2012 Rick and his son Eagleson carved a 34' totem pole in honor of his brother John T. Williams. John was shot dead in the streets of Seattle by the Seattle Police department while walking with his carving knife downtown. The pole was raised in Seattle Center on February 26, 2012. Rick still carves today. His positive attitude and wisdom make him a pleasure to be around. Each piece of his art is amazingly detailed as he has memorized and mastered 250 traditional designs and has developed his own detail and style. Rick is one of the best and most accomplished carvers in Seattle.