Mitch Poling builds the traditional Chugach skin and frame kayaks (baidarkas). The Chugach people live in Prince William Sound, Alaska, a wilderness area with glaciers, rugged mountains, and many islands, and Poling builds many of his kayaks there. The kayaks are built traditionally with hand carved cedar and fastened with lashings. They are superb sea kayaks, with many design features that make them stable, easy to paddle and able to withstand very severe weather. They are also art, with beautiful lines and translucent covering.
Join Poling, painter Marcy Gordon and our other artists in discussing their work during Gallery Walk, Saturday, March 5, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at Gallery 9, 1012 Water Street, in Port Townsend. See gallery-9.com or call 379-8881 for more information.