Nick Vonda III
A Tlingit Native of the Eagle/ Shark Clan (Woosh-Kee-Taan), Nick was born and raised in Juneau, Alaska. Master carvers took notice of Nick’s natural artistic gift while he was in Elementary School learning to carve in Native Study Classes. He aprecticed under some of the most skilled Native artists in the area, always evolving and transforming his own unique style. Although Nick works in several mediums, is highly skilled in executing traditional Tlingit designs, his connection to the smells, texture, and manipulation of Alaskan cedar proved to be his true passion. He evolved into a master wood carver through his study of wood as it “revealed” what it should become and perfect attention to every detail in it’s final formulation. Dedicated to staying true to tradition, Nick is famous throughout Southeast Alaska for his Northwest Coast transformation paddles, totem poles, masks, bowls, bentwood boxes, wall plaques and rattles (this full selection of art is featured in the Mount Juneau Trading Post). When not carving, Nick is embracing the outdoors fishing or hunting.