Thanks to the generous contribution of the Eyak Corporation, PWSCC in Cordova offered a mask carving course this week. Under the instruction of master carver, Mike Webber, students made masks honoring fallen Alaska Native carver Jerry O’Brien by replicating one of his carvings which is on display at the Ilanka Cultural Center Museum in Cordova.
The masks are labor intensive and required many carving skills which were taught in the course. They are finished with sea otter, seal or beaver. They are painted and then shellacked.
Webber is well known for his carving skills and particularly for his Shame Totem which was an enormous project completed to commemorate the anniversary of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill.