Ken Decker is a
Tsimshian artist born and raised inKetchikan Alaska. He is a member of the Wolf clan one of
the four clans of the Tsimshian People of Southeast Alaska. Ken has been
Coast design art for more than 20 years.
Ken has apprenticed as a carver under
the direction of Master Carver Ernest Smeltzer. He first began
taking classes in 1989 from some of the
most famous Northwest Coast artists. Ken now teaches classes and
he states that “teaching offers me a way to share the knowledge others gave me,
and a way to spread fulfillment that can be gained when working with Northwest Coast traditional art
works in various genres of art raging from designed drums, prints, bentwood
boxes, bowls, ceremonial hats, paddles, frontlets, halibut hooks, masks,
regalia, rattles and spoons.
the Grandson of James and Lillian Leask of Metlakatla, Alaska. He is very proud of his heritage and
views his art as a way of keeping the culture alive. His grandfather traveled in
the first canoe from Old Metlakatla, British Columbia to the present day site of Metlakatla, Alaska, where the Tsimshian people migrated in
1887 with missionary Father William Duncan.
High School Ken joined the Navy from 1967-1970 as a Seabee in Southeast Asia.
Ken and Monica own and operate Crazy Wolf Studio in downtown Ketchikan, Alaska. Where Ken’s artwork is
To Contact Crazy Wolf Studio:
Phone: 907-225-WOLF (9653) or 907-247-1661
Toll Free: 888-331-WOLF (9653)
Mail: 607 Mission Street
Ketchikan, AK 99901
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