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Contents:  Doug Smith Collection of carvings, Alaska: Masks, Dioramas, Dancers/Acrobats, Women & Children/babies, Hunters, Shaman, Animals, Knives




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Douglas Smith is an extremely gifted artist that makes his home in remote Northeastern Alaska.  Sales of his carvings allows him to support his lifestyle in Alaska.

Doug said he "looks like Santa Claus most of the time".  Photo 6/19/12 in his front yard with his two killer Chihuahuas.  We commissioned this collection after we met  Doug at the Anchorage Saturday market.

Being Alaskan but non-Native, Doug can legally carve fossil bones legally acquired, but not modern marine mammal parts (only Native Eskimo can).  All references to whale, walrus, etc. are FOSSIL mediums that are used.

His pieces are not just beautiful, they are structurally sound, pieces bolted into place where needed and perfectly balanced.

We are proud to share this collection with you for sale.



Hanging pieces unless indicated



Shaman mask 

Fossil Whale atlas vertebrae (very hard, heavy); eyes of Mastodon ivory, teeth from fossil walrus jawbone.

18" wide x 12-1/2" tall x 6-1/2" deep



Shaman Owl Mask

Fossil Whale Atlas Vertebrae, 2 teeth carved of fossil walrus jawbone, eyes are black soapstone

20" long x 11" wide x 4" deep




Dark shoulder blade, fossil bowhead whale scapula, with bowhead whale in bas relief

15" long x 16" tall x 3" deep




Light colored shoulder blade, fossil bowhead whale scapula; with bowhead whale in bas relief

18-1/2" long x 13" wide x 2" tall




Round mask of Oozeva (whale vert disk), Eskimo face with 2 labrets, Caribou antler

7-1/2" diameter x 1-1/2" thick




Round dark mask (whale oozeva), Shaman, walrus left side, 1 tusk (fossil walrus rib), man's face other side, 1 labret;

7" diameter x 1" thick




Round oozeva base, whale carved in mammoth ivory

9" diameter x 1" thick

$215  SOLD


Shaman man's face with one walrus tusk; made of oozeva and tusk of fossil walrus rib

6-1/2" wide x 8-5/8" tall x 1-1/2" thick





Round mask of man, bright eyes, 2 labrets; made of oozeva, labrets of walrus ivory

7-1/2" tall x 6-3/4" wide x 1" thick





Oval dark oozeva, whale carving in walrus jawbone

6-3/4' wide x 5-1/4" tall x 1-1/2" thick

$215 SOLD to L



Round mask of man, 2 labrets; made of oozeva; labret of walrus ivory; eyes of caribou antler

6-1/2" wide x 7" tall x 1-1/2" thick




Round mask of man/walrus, Shaman, with right side walrus tusk; made of oozeva, tusk is walrus jawbone; eyes are mammoth ivory & caribou antler

11" tall x 7" wide x 1-1/2" thick





Round walrus face, 2 tusks; made of fossil whale bone, tusks of walrus jawbone, eyes of black soapstone

10" long x 6" wide x 1-1/2" thick



Round small oval face on oozeva, face carved of walrus ivory; labrets of mammoth ivory

5-1/2" diameter x 1-1/2" thick



Oval face on oozeva, face made of mammoth ivory, labrets of walrus ivory

7" wide x 5-1/2" tall x 1" thick




Ice Hunter Spirit Mask

Carved from thick slab of killer whale jawbone.  Face is wearing snow sun glasses.  Walrus ivory labret, 3 carved seals, two from Bowhead whale jaw bone, 1 from killer whale jawbone.  Harpoon toggle is a full sized reproduction carved from Killer Whale jawbone.  Has a carved slate point like the originals.  Braided imitation sinew line.

18" tall x 11" wide x 2-1/2" thick

$1050  SOLD




Bear Spirit Mask

Mask carved from whale rib, underside of paw on right cheek and salmon head on left; walrus ivory tooth & eye.  Fish on two spokes is carved from the half of a lower walrus jawbone with a walrus tooth eye.  The 3 paws are carved from whale jawbone.

14" tall x 13" wide x 2-1/2" thick

$1225  SOLD




Bear mask Teeth & Claws

Bear head is carved from a whale rib and has mammoth ivory eyes, and teeth carved from walrus rib.  Large teeth on spokes are carved from walrus cheek bone.  Claws on spokes are carved from chocolate whale jawbone and walrus cheek bone caps.

15" tall x 17" wide x 2-3/8" thick

$1100  SOLD



Cinnamon black Bear with fish, wall hanger

Bear is carved from whale skull; fish from whale rib.  Fossil walrus ivory fish & jet eyes of bear & fish.

14-1/2" wide x 13" tall x 4-1/4" thick

$1675  SOLD


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Spirit mask, using whale vertebrae spacer (oozeva) for face, female caribou antler decoration around face; Dall sheep horn labrets; mammoth ivory & jet for eyes.

Measures 20" wide; face itself is 7" tall x 6" wide x 3/4" thick.  Sinew attached for hanging.

Acquired on our November 2015 trip, this is the last carving we will be getting from Doug, as he has now retired.






Musk Ox Hunter, 2 piece (man on base, and musk ox)

Man's body from fossil whale knuckle bone, with walrus oosik face and fossil walrus ivory tipped spear; base is cross section of 30 foot whale jawbone.  Musk ox carved from solid whale knuckle bone fossil, horns carved from  fossil walrus jawbone.

16-1/2" wide x 12" tall x 6-1/2" deep





Polar Bear hunting Seal

Bear & seal are carved from pieces of the base end of a whale jawbone.  Eyes are jet.  Bear is standing on an oozeva.

9" wide x 7-1/2" tall x 6" deep





Walrus Family Bowl with lid; inside is a family home!  Surprise!

Fossil walrus tooth finial, walrus carved from 5" fat end of fossil walrus oosik with jet eyes and walrus rib tusks.

Mother, father & child carved faces from walrus oosik, seal oil lamp of walrus ivory; soapstone cooking pot, with walrus ivory spoon; mammoth ivory knife, walrus cheek bone club; rolled up polar bear hide from whale knuckle bone; imitation sinew rope; seal oil intestine container from Caribou antler

14" wide x 11" deep x 5-1/2" tall





Sod hut, on 2 disk

Disk bases are oozeva, hut and polar bear hide are walrus cheek bone, structural beams of  hut & kayak support & polar bear drying rack are made of walrus jawbone; walrus head mount, loose tusks & spear point are walrus ivory; woolly mammoth tusk pieces (3) are woolly mammoth; black stump is soapstone; 2 hatchets are mammoth ivory & walrus ivory; kayak, paddle, & tall brown covered jug; hanging jug on kayak support & lashed load on sled and sled itself are whale rib; small covered jug is walrus tooth; seal bladder on sled is black soapstone; sinew is imitation.

15" long x 10" wide x 5" tall





Walrus Hunter

Base is a cross section of a 30" whale jawbone; hunter is a whale knuckle bone; hunter face is walrus oosik; spear tip is fossil walrus ivory; walrus is whale bone with fossil walrus ivory tusks; fossil walrus ivory snow knife & club, soapstone seal float

16" long x 8" wide x 17" tall





Eskimo ice fisherman

Base is a cross section of 30' whale jawbone; man from a whale knucklebone, fossil walrus oosik face.  F ish are mastodon ivory; club & snow knife of fossil walrus ivory

16" long x 7-1/2" wide x 14-1/2" tall







Small Eskimo acrobats

Carved from fossil whale flipper bone (body), whale knuckle bone (base); whale rib bone mukluks (boots), walrus oosik faces

17" tall x 6" wide x 4-1/2" deep







Shaman Raven dancer

Hard whale knucklebone body; full head carved from walrus lower jawbone; mittens also from walrus lower jawbone; raven head with walrus ivory eyes carved from whale jawbone.  Wings from whale knucklebone with mammoth ivory inserts.  Base is a small atlas whale vertebrae.

16" tall x 13" wide x 8" deep

$875  SOLD




Bird Dancer

Body is Bowhead whale flipper bone; face is walrus oosik; bird beak is walrus tooth; base is walrus flipper bone; eyes are taxidermy bird eyes

15" tall x 8-1/2" wide x 4-1/2" deep







Feather dancer

Whale flipper bone body, ooseva base; walrus jawbone feathers and walrus oosik face.

21" tall x 7-1/2" wide x 5-1/2" deep





Mask dancer

Woman dancing while holding 2 masks in her hands

Whale flipper bone body; walrus oosik faces, caribou antler legs, whale knuckle bone mukluks (boots); whale skull bone base

21" tall x 10" wide x 5" deep








LARGE acrobat dancers called 

"Touch the Moon"

5  Eskimo acrobats with the top kid touching the moon.  HUGE!  Dual all-thread support rods plus metal inserts thru the base.  Balanced perfectly, stands upright by itself even without the base.

Moon is oozeva; bodies are a single Bowhead whale rib; faces: walrus oosik; base is a section of whale jawbone and the disk above it is a whale oozeva.

49-3/8" tall x 16-3/4" wide base x 7-1/4" deep 

Oblong base is 1-7/8" tall; 

Disk above oblong base is 7-3/8" long x 6" wide x 3/4" thick

Whale jaw bone carved into acrobats measures 4-5/8" wide x 2" thick




Owl dancer

39" high,  12" wide feather drum (feather tips to tips)

Body: Large bowhead whale flipper bone

Base: Oozeva - Bowhead whale vertebrae disk

Face: Walrus cheekbone

Labrets - Walrus jawbone

Eyes: Dall sheep horn with Jet pupils

Dance fan: hardwood loops, sinew and feathers carved from Caribou antler






Mother & Daughter

Mother & daughter carved of whale knuckle bone; walrus oosik faces; whale skull bone base

11" tall x 11" wide x 6" deep







Tall Woman holding child in air

Oozeva (whale vertebra disk) base, and legs & face carved from Caribou antler; body is whale flipper bone .

19" tall x 6" wide x 5" deep








Short Eskimo mother with newborn baby, holding in air

Carved of ancient whale flipper bone, knuckle bone, and fossil walrus jaw face

15-1/2" tall x 7" wide x 5-3/4" deep







Short Eskimo mother holding newborn child

Carved of ancient whale flipper bone, knuckle bone, and fossil walrus jaw face

17" tall x 8" wide x 5-1/4" deep








Berry Picker Eskimo woman

Whale flipper bone body and base; face & basket made of walrus oosik; berries of blue beads

13-1/2" tall x 6" wide x 4-1/2" deep






Bird egg gatherer woman

Whale flipper bone body, ooseva base; face is walrus oosik and walrus tooth eggs

13-1/2" tall x 6-1/2" wide x 6" deep



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Man/woman reversible Eskimo faces, 

on a 100,000 year old whale knuckle bone from Barrow.  Faces made of fossil whale bone.

Knuckle bone measures 8" wide x 6" wide x 2-3/4" thick; overall with Eskimos it measures  6-7/8" tall






Happy Bear Hunter

Dancing with the bear hide & head on his shoulders

Made from heavy, hard whale knuckle bone; base is whale jawbone, face is walrus oosik

12-1/2" tall x 10" wide x 5-1/2" deep

$800  SOLD




Happy Eskimo Fisherman

Body is large bowhead whale knuckle bone; fossil walrus oosik face, fish is carved of walrus lower jaw bone; base from atlas vertebrae of fossil Beluga whale

16-1/2" tall x 10-1/2" wide x 7-1/2" deep

$1275  SOLD




Bear Hunter

This is an awesome natural coloration of bone.  It's a top half of a large whale flipper bone from Barrow with black, browns, tan & red rust colors.  The hunter has a bear headdress with fur hanging down his body.  He is on one knee with a mitten hand on the ground, and a spear in the other.  The base is a section of whale jawbone.  Jet eyes on the bear, and walrus ivory teeth and the spear has a mammoth ivory tip.  Hunter's face is carved walrus oosik.

20" tall x 10" wide x 4" deep

$1800  SOLD





Tall Spear fisherman

Body: Bowhead whale flipper bone; walrus oosik face; walrus ivory spear point; walrus jawbone fish; whale jawbone base.

24" tall x 8-1/2" wide x 5-1/2" deep

$840  SOLD





Tall Bear Shaman Dancer - EXCEPTIONAL PIECE

Base is a full very hard whale vertebrae; flipper bone body (gorgeous coloration using ANCIENT bones est. 100,000 years old, excavated from Barrow), walrus jaw bone bear head

25" tall x 14" wide x 7-1/2" deep

$4200  SOLD






Walrus kayak

Kayak is made of whale flipper bone; walrus teeth on front of kayak are walrus jawbone; walrus rider's face is walrus ivory, eyes are jet; body is whale rib bone; flippers are walrus jawbone; paddle is walrus jawbone; black knife is soapstone, container behind rider is caribou antler; sinew is synthetic.

21" long x 6-1/2" tall x 3-1/2" deep






Shaman dance drummer

Full sized whale vertebrae; left eye walrus ivory, right eye Mammoth ivory.  All teeth carved from Dall sheep horn.  Side labrets from walrus ivory.  Drum from whale flipper bone, and drum stick from whale jawbone.

25" wide x 10-1/2" tall x 10" deep

$1625  SOLD





Bird in nest

Rocky outcrop is made of walrus jawbone (underside view is where tusk would have gone); bird is made of walrus tooth

10" long x 4-1/2" tall x 6" deep

Weight 1 pound 12 oz.

Gift, Not for sale





Cinnamon/ black bear, laying down

Carved from a section of the end of a whale jawbone.  Eyes are jet.

7-1/2" wide x 3-1/2" tall x 6" deep






Polar Bear on base

Bear is carved from a large, hard whale knuckle bone; eyes are jet.  Base is a section of whale flipper bone.

10" tall x 8" wide x 5" deep









Carved from large whale flipper bone body; eagle head is whale jawbone with walrus ivory eyes.  Salmon has walrus ivory eye.  Feet are carved from walrus cheekbone, and so are the claws that are dyed with India ink.  Base is a section of whale jawbone.

26" tall x 12-1/2" wide x 7" deep




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Fantastical creature with teeth, cute begging eyes, even a tail.  Measures 5" long x 2" wide x 2" tall.  Made from fossil whale bone, and antler teeth & eyes.

Gift to Heidi, not for sale


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Spectacular extra large whale vertebrae from Barrow Alaska (100,000 years old), rare red coloring

Carved into 7 whales 10 whale eyes and 10 whale tails.  It shouts of the Mighty Whale.  The base alone is the most impressive one he's made, from a partial whale skull from Barrow, and balancing whale tail of antler.

The vert sits on a 10" metal rod and swivels about 20 degrees for different looks.  It has a whale insert and whale eye in front, and a large whale eye in the rear.  Two full 3D whales are sitting on the wings, and 4 whales are carved in bas-relief into the uprights.  The colors are amazing. 

Measures 39" wide x 27" tall x 9-5/8" thick.  Base is 20" wide x 10" wide x 9" tall.  33-1/2" tall overall.  The 3D whales measures 8" long x 4-3/4" wide x 1-3/4" tall each.  This vert + base are a heavy 60 pounds in weight.



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Doug has outdone himself again.  A tremendous totem of Alaskan animals and Eskimo using a single giant whale rib, with a base of a chunk of whale skull from Barrow (100,000 years old).  Representing the 2 King salmon, grizzly bear with large claws, Eskimo wearing snow goggles with labret, 2 walrus and a walrus shaman (with Eskimo ruff) on bottom, holding spear with toggle.  Back is left natural.

Stands 56-1/2" tall including base.  Base is 15" wide x 12" long x 2-1/2" tall.  Rib is 53" tall x 7-3/4" widest x 3-1/2" thickest.  Weighs about 50 pounds.









Cole Hurst blade, Eagle, large knife in antler holder; Blade is black obsidian; 

Bio on Cole Hurst and the amazing blades he has flint-knapped:


handle is carved from the base of a huge moose antler; 

base of fossil whale bone, 

holder is caribou antler; black in the groove where the knife point sits is flexible black silicone.

Knife is 18" long x 5-1/2" widest x 1-5/8" thick

Blade is 10-1/4" long x 2-1/2" wide x 3/8" thick

Stand is 16" long x 14" tall x 6" deep








Cole Hurst blade, medium knife, antler base

Blade is black obsidian; handle is walrus oosik; bases of fossil whale bone, holder is caribou antler

Knife is 13-1/2" long x 2" wide x 3/8" thick

Blade is 8" long x 2" wide x 3/8" thick

Stand is 8-1/2" tall x 14" long x 3-1/2" wide






Ulu knife on stand

Blade is black obsidian; handle is fossil whale knuckle (flipper bone)

7" tall x 5" wide x 3-1/2" deep

Blade: 5-3/4" wide x 3-3/4" long x 3/8" thick







Knife in sheath

Handle is walrus oosik; end is walrus ivory; sheath is sturdy woven nylon with rubber insertion reinforcement and snap closure.

Knife is 11-1/4" long

Blade is 5-5/8" long x 1-1/4" wide x 3/16" thick

Not for sale, gift



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