February 20, 2018 / Lauren Kramer / 1889 Magazine

Carving Out History: Lummi Carver Felix Solomon is in high demand

Writer Lauren Kramer had the opportunity to sit down with local Lummi carver, Felix Solomon for an 1889 Magazine feature. Here is her piece about Soloman and the art that he creates using traditional techniques. ... The wood pellet was stove was crackling inside Felix Solomon's new carving studio on Bellingham's Smokehouse Road, steps from Bellingham Bay. With his dog Daisy by his side, Solomon, 60, was deeply focused on carving a bears head from a 39-foot section of old-growth red cedar. Every now and then he looked up at the bear hide stretched over the log, copying its contours for accuracy. The visage of the bear is one of seven animals that will appear on this totem pole in six months' time when it's delivered to a private client in Whatcom County. It's the largest totem pole Solomon has ever carved - in fact, the Lummi carver built his studio specifically to accommodate this - and he was thrilled to have the freedom to create a design of his choice. Read full story here. 

        We acknowledge that Whatcom County is located on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples. They cared for the lands that included what we’d call the Puget Sound region, Vancouver Island and British Columbia since time immemorial. This gives us the great obligation and opportunity to learn how to care for our surrounding areas and all the natural and human resources we require to live. We express our deepest respect and gratitude for our indigenous neighbors, the Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe, for their enduring care and protection of our shared lands and waterways.
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