Port Townsend School of Woodworking
Preserving the Tradition

Carving a Tlingit-style Mask

Carve a Tlingit-style Mask using traditional tools.


Carving a Tlingit Style Mask



The Port Townsend School of Woodworking welcomes Scott Jensen who will teach Carving a Tlingit Style Mask.

Self-taught, Scott Jensen began carving in 1972 and then teaching carving in 1974 in Craig, Alaska. He has continued his commitment to instruction at Olympic Park Institute, Northwest Indian College, North Cascades Institute, and Xá:ytem Longhouse Interpretive Center in British Columbia. He also mentors young carvers and holds classes once a year at his Bellingham, Washington studio.

In 2010 Scott was adopted into the Tlingit Chookaneidí clan by Fred Sał kaa Fulmer, and given the name Kadach’aakú, meaning “carver”.

This class is designed to refine your skills with traditional NW carving tools - adzes, straight knives and curved knives. Scott will show you the techniques for efficient carving of sculptural forms using these tools.


Class Description

During the five day class, we will carve a Tlingit style mask. Starting with a half round of green alder we will remove the bark with a lip adz. We will then prepare the surface by faceting, to make it symmetrical before we apply the pattern. Step by step using an adz, a straight knife and crooked knives we will rough out the features of the mask. The next step will be to refine all the surfaces and make final decisions on details that will give the mask its spirit. Once that is done and no more major wood removal is needed, we can hollow out the back of the mask. At that point we will be ready to learn the techniques of knife finishing our carvings. Time permitting, we can do the painting using acrylic paint in the traditional colors of red, black and celadonite blue/green.

Tools You Need to Bring

Please note: Scott suggests you get any tools you need from Kestrel Tool. Please give Kestrel Tool approximately five to seven weeks to fill your order.

  • 2 1/2" lip adz - A2

  • Sitka baby adz - A8

  • Baby gutter adz - A9

  • Sitka straight adz (this is great to have as an adz that is sized in between the other two, you can get along without it)

  • Straight knife

  • Three full size crooked knives and one small crooked knife.

  • Crooked knives; full size, C bend, A bend and H-3, Small size, #7. Consult Kestrel Tool for information on a proper straight knife for you when ordering.

  • (If you already carve, bring all other tools you feel you may need to complete the project)

  • Sharpening equipment

  • Tracing paper

  • Scissors

  • 18" Flexible ruler

  • Pencils (needs to work on wet surfaces)

  • Eraser

  • Blue painters (masking) tape

  • Paint brushes

  • Mars black and cadmium red medium acrylic paint

  • One plastic kitchen garbage bag

Please call Scott with questions on any of these items at (360) 393-7676.


This class is open to all skill levels.

Class Information and Registration

Class runs from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.
This class takes place in Building #304 at Fort WordenMap
Please read our What to Expect page for general information about the school.
Please also read our Registration Policy.

Class size: 10
Cost: $775
Materials Charge: $ 75

When you click on the Register link you will be able to register for the class or if the class is full, sign up for the wait list.