Thursday, March 7, 2019

Merging culture with technology

Sitka High School junior Asa Demmert watches over the computer numerical control router carving his paddle. (KCAW Photo / Enrique Pérez de la Rosa)

A 3D modeled Tlingit paddle. The perfect marriage of culture and technology. 

Mike Vieira, the Design and Fabrication instructor at Sitka High, has co-developed a paddle carving project with Charlie Skultka Jr., a traditional arts instructor with the Sitka Tribe of Alaska.

Sitka High School's paddle carving projects were designed in Rhino, tool pathed in Aspire, and manufactured on a ShopBot.

It's an example of evolving art and sustaining the culture of the Tlingit people. 

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