Friday, July 21, 2017 This Week's Paper

Carver brings Native pride to the Seahawks

Some have said Jake Lucas' carving of Spirit Warrior had an influence on the Seahawks' NFC Championship win at CenturyLink Field that punched the 'Hawks' ticket to the big game. This could very well be, as his amazing cedar carving of the "12th man Native dancer" seemed to charm all those who saw it for the first time on the Blue Friday prior to the game. News crews showed up as well to admire its beauty and form, and Jake Lucas said that before he knew it his Spirit Warrior was all over the Internet.

"I was expecting to go to Blue Friday and maybe get on the news for it, but it went viral – it spread across the Internet overnight. I didn't expect that to happen," he said.

Made of two cedar logs, Jake carved 95 percent of the six foot tall figure with a chainsaw, then went in and used sanders and grinders – no chisels – to bring out the details including the chin, lips and earlobes of the dancer wearing the Seahawks mask. Jake worked on it for about three weeks, 12 hours a day. "Normally I get tired of a project after about three or four days, but not this one," he said. "I wanted to do something for the Seahawks and the 12th man to show my pride."

Since that public unveiling on Blue Friday, Jake Lucas has received offers from people interested in purchasing Spirit Warrior. Jake is taking offers, but first he wants to know if the Seahawks want to own the carving. Jake would like to see it displayed at the Seahawks home turf of CenturyLink Field. If not there, he'd like a local tribe to own it.

"I ultimately want to see it back at the stadium, but the Seahawks are busy and haven't contacted me. If it doesn't go to them I'd prefer it go to a tribe. I'm trying to take as many offers as I can."

Spirit Warrior will be at Blue Friday again on Jan. 31 then at Arlington Eagle Fest, then back to his house for Super Bowl Sunday. On Monday, Feb. 3 it will be on display at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma upon the museum's invitation.

"It's an honor to have a piece of my artwork there for everyone to see," Jake said.

When asked what led him to become a chainsaw carver, Jake gave all thanks to his grandmother – his chichi, as he affectionately calls her – who was half-Native American. She bought him a chainsaw and paid for carving classes for her grandson, and Jake took to it so well that he was able to quit his day job. Jake has some Chinook and Quinault heritage in his bloodline (1/8 or so, he said), which helped bring his vision of Spirit Warrior to life.

Through his art, "I want to bring back that heritage from my past," Jake said, and the wonderful reception his Spirit Warrior has received tells him he's definitely on the right path. "Everyone has enjoyed it, especially from the Native community."

To learn more about Jake Lucas, to see more of his art and to contact him, visit