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HI. We've all been working our fingers to the bone (believe it!) at our small studio here in the woods, creating hand-carved, limited edition Ojibway inspired sculptural pieces aptly called MANITOUS. Over the years we have sold our work through many galleries across the country, including Disney World and many National Parks.

Hand carved and assembled from local basswood, and individually hand painted, each piece is one of an edition of 100, and is numbered, dated, and signed by me and my wonderful son, Tanner. ;-) . Because each piece is individually hand made, no two pieces will be exactly alike. Each has it's own individual characteristics and personality. From an Animistic view, one could say the Manitou sculpture itself is alive with awareness and it's own breed of intelligence!

'Manitou' is the Ojibway (or Chippewa) word for…

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HI. We've all been working our fingers to the bone (believe it!) at our small studio here in the woods, creating hand-carved, limited edition Ojibway inspired sculptural pieces aptly called MANITOUS. Over the years we have sold our work through many galleries across the country, including Disney World and many National Parks.

Hand carved and assembled from local basswood, and individually hand painted, each piece is one of an edition of 100, and is numbered, dated, and signed by me and my wonderful son, Tanner. ;-) . Because each piece is individually hand made, no two pieces will be exactly alike. Each has it's own individual characteristics and personality. From an Animistic view, one could say the Manitou sculpture itself is alive with awareness and it's own breed of intelligence!

'Manitou' is the Ojibway (or Chippewa) word for Spirit or Mystery. As the Great Spirit manifests itself in myriad forms, each unique manifestation, including plant, animal and mineral, is endowed with and inseparable from this Spirit. Also, MANITOU can be interpreted as meaning "MAGIC" or "Medicine", in the sense that some people, places, objects, etc. seem to possess a greater concentration of this spirit (or creative energy) than others, such as a sacred ritual object or a favorite seashell. It is akin to the reservoir of concentrated essence or power that is referred to as 'Mana' in some pagan European cultures, and is believed to pervade the whole world. A Manitou may also be an actual spirit entity (inorganic being?) whom on occasion will take on a physical (human or animal) form in order to teach us foolish people a lesson.

Inspired by the Ojibway heritage of my children, I began creating the Manitou pieces many years ago. My interest in all things esoteric has led me to explore shamanism, totemism, mysticism, Taoism, Zen, Sufism, Animism, nature, reality, dreaming, metaphysics, Kevinism as a life path which are all more or less reflected in my work. Basically, a learn as you go, organic way of being which shuns dogma and indoctrination to any specific belief system and embraces unfiltered experience that doesn't require interpretation. Gathering, condensing, focusing, and co-creating.

 Tanner ‘s native heritage is from the Turtle Clan of the Grand Portage Band of Ojibway, on his mother’s side, whose grandmothers on both sides were full Anishinabe as well as a great grandfather who was half Cree. He is very involved in his family heritage, spending time at his grandmother's cabin on the reservation, attending Pow Wows, and taking part in traditional activities, such as harvesting wild rice, and creating native crafts.



More at my website www.freedomgallery.com

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