Totem Pole Carving in Ketchikan, Alaska

After our delicious crab early lunch, we headed over to check out some totem pole carving at the Alaskan Rainforest Sanctuary.

We walk over to the totem carving shed to see this beauty in progress.

The Totem artist explaining what step he is on now.

He says the whole process will take him about 4 months and he is 3 months into it right now, and this is his first independent project, but has been an apprentice for many years now.

What his final project will be. Notice the hidden Mickey in the corner of this picture!

David and I are both amazed and while we have no real artistic capabilities, we feel inspired. This totem is planned for the raptor center, which is next door and where we are headed next, the bird sanctuary.

Published by David & Laura Speer

Were a Metro Detroit, Michigan, couple – second marriages for both of us – and we dream of retiring early to Travel the World. Follow us while we try and figure out to raise our kids, and save to retire. David is a Robot Programmer, Laura is a Medical Physicist. We put our kids before ourselves for years, saved and ate at home and now after years of all this sacrifice and raising our kids - we are closing in on empty nesting, and we realized we have the opportunity to retire earlier than most and follow our dreams to travel the world. How are we going to do this? Well we have a lot of ideas, but lets see how it works out. Our original retirement date was January 1, 2021. We are reviewing the option of working another 3 years but prefer to keep the 2021 date, either way we will be retired by 55 years old - still trying to figure out how, but working toward our goal everyday, while enjoying each other and our blended family. Follow us to see what happens. All images on this blog are copyright (c)

29 thoughts on “Totem Pole Carving in Ketchikan, Alaska

  1. Such amazing things to experience. Before I was six years old, I wished to see narrow gorges flanked by high, snow-capped mountains and filled with the deepest, bluest water. With steep green trees. In later years, I recognised this in pictures and even more later wondered if I reincarnated. Where did this fixation come from? We had no similar pictures or even television.

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    1. Maybe? Alaska is these things for sure. It is a frontier like no other. I grew up on a working farm with plenty of forest and wildlife, spent many hours just hanging out in the wild, but I never felt this peace like there is in this untouched feeling location. Once your healed up, maybe see if you can get a Virtual reality glasses and check out some videos of the Alaskan rainforests and Glacier Bay. We think that would be the closest you could go instead of being there.

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      1. Yes, but you live where opportunities are. I am where men of my race have been excluded from careers since 1994, disability claimed what wealth was accumulated and hospital seemingly tries to kill. It is a miracle that I’m still around. Few will be able to comprehend.

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      2. I wish I could say come to America, but as I’m sure that would be a huge trek for you. There is for sure opportunities here, and I’m ext6grateful for that. But I have also made my own way fighting all the time in the earlier days of my career. Women were not welcome in physics when I started and I was and still am sometimes berated. Now Dave, he says to tell you, hang in there, we might not understand, but we have hope and that’s valuable and you should too

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      3. Yes, agreed. I lost your ebay questions, so answering it here…. check out what others are selling, look around the house. There are a ton of videos on how to sell on ebay, when I was divorced I sold all kinds of things on ebay to make ends meet – some people sell full time, buying stuff at garage sales or thrift stores and reselling.


  2. Wow, this looks absolutely amazing – your trip is just getting better and better! We had a chance to see totem poles for the very first time in Vancouver and while travelling to Calgary and every single one of them were incredibly beautiful!

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    1. They are beautiful and we are thinking about giving it a try at making one, it wont look like one of those, but figured lets try it and see. Going to work on it until the winter. If it is good, we will post it, if it is not, then —- I will never mention it again, ha!

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