Checking the depth of the ice, an Inuit guide proceeds with caution.
Soapstone carving by Wendy Hook of Douglas Creek Sculpture Co. Face carved from shed antler collected by the artist.
Dimensions: 8.5" high, 4.5" by 3.5" wide.
Snowshoes- 5" long.
Since 1993, from her studio nestled in the mountains, Wendy Hook has created vivid sculptures of North American wildlife and culture discovered in one of the most breathtaking places on Earth. Inspired by Alaska's wildlife and culture, Wendy creates soapstone masterpieces that are sought out by galleries and art collectors around the world.
Each piece is a signed original.
"Sometimes the rock is shaped a certain way that it lends itself to, say a fish and I just take away what doesn't look like a fish," says Hook.
As the daughter of well-known Alaskan master carver, Bob Merry and the sister of renowned Idaho carver, Shari Medley - the art of capturing wildlife and native culture is a family tradition that's been passed down from one generation to the next.