Scott Jensen

Scott Jensen

Scott Jensen is a self-taught carver who began carving in 1972 and expanded into teaching carving in 1974 when he was asked to teach in Craig, Alaska. He has continued his commitment to teaching at Olympic Park Institute, Northwest Indian College, North Cascades Institute, and Xá:ytem Longhouse Interpretive Center in British Columbia. He also mentors young carvers and holds classes once a year at his Bellingham, Washington studio.

Scott spent twelve years traveling and instructing aboard the M/V Snow Goose, Yorktown Clipper, and Island Roamer in Southeast Alaska and British Columbia.

In 2012, Scott was asked by Pauline Hillaire to be part of a restoration team to work on her father, Joe Hillaire’s, Centennial Totem Pole that has been a landmark in Bellingham since 1952. The accompanying book and CD; A Totem Pole History: The work of Joe Hillaire by Pauline Hillaire, edited by Gregory Fields, documents her father’s life as an artist and the restoration project.

Scott’s work is represented in museums in Japan, Germany, and the U.S., as well as many private collections.

In 2010 Scott and Courtney Lipson had a dual ceremony of their wedding and their naming and adoption by their Tlingit brother and sister, Fred Sał kaa and Ivy Gunalshowaxeex Fulmer.  Scott was adopted into the Chookaneidí Eagle, Brown Bear and Porpoise Clan and Courtney into the T’akdeintaan Raven, Frog and Black Legged Kittiwake clan.