č’u•? isSEAL ACRYLICS ON CEDAR W/RED OAK FRAME WINTER 2013
č’u•? is, or “Stinky Beach”, was the Makah name for the beach by our former home near Sekiu, Washington, where we lived for over twenty years. Our house had a wonderful view of the beach, the Straits of Juan de Fuca, and Vancouver Island to the north. Often we would see harbor seals basking on the rocks in front of our house. The way that they would form a u-shape, with hind flippers trying to touch their snouts, always brought a smile to our faces. The overall design reflects Northwest Coast Indian Art but Celtic and Art Nouveau influences are also evident. I made the frame out of red oak using pegged, hand-joined, mortise-and-tenon construction methods. I used the Japanese technique (shou-sugi-ban) of charring and oiling the oak to finish the frame.