Snoqualmie Valley Record


Master carver John Mullen to create a canoe, show ages-old craft at Fall City

June 12, 2013 · 5:22 PM

/ Kira Clark/Staff Photo

Come and listen to native drumming and storytelling by John Mullen of the Snoqualmie Tribe. Participants can also watch Mullen, a master carver, demonstrate carving techniques and try out carving on a small cedar canoe.

For the past 13 years, Mullen has dedicated himself to reviving and rediscovering the arts of the Snoqualmie Tribe. Two of his latest projects have been recreating authentic sun masks and story boards. He uses many of his own knives, made from very sharp dark stone and animal bone. Traditional carving takes a surprising degree of skill and patience. If you think you could do it, give it a try on June 15. Don’t be surprised when you aren’t as good as you think you are.

For more information about Mullen’s art contact him at john@snoqualmietribe.us

Tribal carver John Mullen attempts to recreate authentic Snoqualmie Tribe sun masks in his workshop.


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