191217-01 Large Stunning Carved Walrus Tusk Staff - Nunivak Chief Symbol of Authority
32" x 3"Depicting Eagle, Bowhead Whale, Walrus, Salmon, Narwhal.
Sam is a noted artist from Nome, Alaska who is well known throughout the Native Art world. His work is shown throughout North America at Major museum shows.
Regarding my style of carving, "... it was the work that Lee Millot that taught me, he was a master Carver, a Nez Perce indian. He went to St. Lawrence Island, Nunivak island, and carved with the natives (but) I was the only one that he let me see how its done (in this tusk style). This item is the traditional Symbol of Authority carried by the Chief of the people of Nunivak Island and it would be carried in hand throughout the day.
Sam Dimmick was born in 1960, and regularly travels to promote his work. His family is from Shismaref, Alaska; he was born in Nome. Sam comes from a long line of ivory, whalebone, and stone carvers. Years ago, he had the opportunity to work closely with Ken “Ralph” Paneok, and was able to improve on his stone carving technique. He also learned a great deal from Paul Tiulana. Sam specializes in stone carving. Sam enjoys creating large pieces, with an attention to fine detail that never ceases to impress. One can touch his pieces, and “feel” the bone structure of the bear, the feathers of the bird, and the smoothness of the whale. Sam’s sculptures can be found in museums, galleries, and personal collections spanning the globe.