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Dale built his fifth shop in the early '80s, when he had established himself as a carver, although not yet of totem poles. He divided the 30x40' area into three main sections (clockwise from top): a millwork/ fabrication room that he calls the "sawdust room;" carve/paint studio; and office/ design studio. A sliding door separates the millwork area from the carve/paint studio, keeping dust away from finished pieces.

Dale built his fifth shop in the early '80s, when he had established himself as a carver, although not yet of totem poles. He divided the 30x40' area into three main sections (clockwise from top): a millwork/ fabrication room that he calls the "sawdust room;" carve/paint studio; and office/ design studio. A sliding door separates the millwork area from the carve/paint studio, keeping dust away from finished pieces.

millwork & fabrication room, where he keeps most of his power tools—Dale calls it the "sawdust room"—are taller because it's on a lower level. "I made that room level with the outside so I could drive a vehicle into the room, if necessary," he says. A crawl space underneath the various rooms provides storage, plus a home for the wiring of his 200-amp panel.

The exterior is clad with low-maintenance unfinished cedar siding. The 8' interior walls are 5/r" drywall painted white for brightness. Dale built the shop in 1984; by today's standards, the building isn't insulated well. Windows are single-paned. "It was the early '80s, when energy conservation wasn't as important as it is today," Dale points out, "and the mild Northwest Coast climate doesn't demand heavy insulation. However, I would be more energy-conscious if I were to build today."

Comfort afoot

For heat, Dale used to rely solely on a wood stove; he's added a forced-air burner that hangs from the ceiling of the carve/ paint studio, one of three working areas. He installed a plywood

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Made of cherry, plus birch for the drawer sides, the tool chests that hold Dale's many carving instruments fit on top of a mobile cabinet he can move wherever he needs it. The drop-leaf table addition serves as a useful worksurface. The double-eye and single-eye designs Dale carved on the inside surface of the lids represent the Chief Above, who, legend says, possessed the sun, moon, and stars until Raven stole them from him and brought them to earth.

The board on the wall Is Dale's shop easel. The 4x8' sheet of plywood, with simple framing on its back side, is hinged to the wall so Dale can adjust it to any angle. Magnets hold drawings to the galvanized metal surface.

initial cuts on a mask. To drill holes that follow the contours of masks, Dale relies on a radial drill press—it adjusts to any angle and moves in and out.

He takes advantage of the mild temperatures in the Northwest. "All my tools are on wheels," he relates, "so I can just roll them outdoors when it's a pleasant summer day."

Dale's educational work is done inside, however. In the carving studio, where he conducts classes in Native American art, he has installed student-size workbenches. A single-panel sliding door made from pine separates his carve/paint studio from the sawdust room.

"I close the door for quiet, to keep dust out of my office, and to keep sawdust away from pieces that are drying," he says. "If you're a hobbyist, it's probably not necessary to be that elaborate. But 1 have multiple projects going at once. One of those may be a finished piece that's got paint drying; 1 might be joining boards in another; and I might be carving in a third."

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