A deep-relief wood carving, of the Stanley Brook bridge in Acadia National Park. PHOTOS COURTESY OF ASH POWERS

Wood carver, birch bark artist to speak at library

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Two local artisans, wood carver Ash Powers and birch-bark crafter Marilyn Hermann, will talk about the discovery and process of their unique crafts on Wednesday, Dec. 12, from 5-6 p.m. at the Southwest Harbor Public Library.

A beaded birch bark basket by Marilyn Herman.

Hermann started her craft with birch bark when her part-Passamaquoddy grandson was born in 1981. Since then, she has continuously improved and expanded her work, which is now becoming more contemporary rather than staying with the traditional Native American designs, according to a statement from the library. Her work ranges from large baskets with hand-beaded designs to small fly-fishing baskets, as Hermann also is an experienced fisherman.

Born and raised in Bucksport, Powers spent four years in the United States Navy traveling in the North Atlantic, Europe and the Mediterranean. He worked for 14 years at Electric Boat Co. in Quonset Point, R.I., building nuclear submarines.

He returned to Maine and has worked for Hinckley Yachts as a finish carpenter for the past 22 years. He has been doing deep-relief wood carvings for the past 25 years, mostly in hardwoods.

“He has always loved the stone bridges of Acadia and has done carvings of both Stanley Brook Bridge and Duck Brook Bridge,” event organizers said. He hopes to carve all 16 of the bridges in the park.

Contact the library at 244-7065.

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