River Goddess

“River Goddess”

Cedar  7’ x 3’ x 3’

Machine Shop Gallery


She is the guardian of the rivers and protector of the fish who hide beneath her robe and swim along the ribbon of her gown.

She can change into a fish – they are one and the same.

Life Cycle

”Life Cycle” Sitka Spruce 8’ x 4’ x 4’ Collection of the City of Bellevue, Wash Chism Beach Park on Lake Washington This is part of a series that i have done relating to the Pacific Salmon. Here, tiny salmon hatch out at the bottom. They swim up and grow …

We’ll Be Right Back!

“We’ll be Right Back!”

Cedar, glass & steel

12’h x 8’ x 4’

San Juan Island Sculpture Park, Roche Harbor, Wa.


Cedar space Ship by Pat McVay
Steel by Doug Caton of Nichols Bros. Boat Works
Blown glass flames by Callahan McVay

We made this sculpture in 2003, the year that my son was born.
That was the year that our country invaded Iraq.
The title comes from the victory proclamations of the day:
“Mission accomplished!” and “We’ll be right back!”

Giant Snake Escapes from Zoo!

“Giant Snake Escapes from Zoo!”

Sequoia   3’ x 3’ X 4′ high

Machine Shop Gallery. Langley, WA


The big snake has slithered through the morning paper and is crushing the TV stand.

The paper tells the story of what happened at the zoo and the photo shows how it got away (and what it had for lunch!)

Now the huge serpent is even bigger and is a bit sleepy as it watches itself on the news, where it looks really quite sensational.

…and the bulge on it’s stomach tells where the zoo keeper went.

Tail Slap

“Tail Slap” Sitka Spruce 7’ x 3’ x 3’ Art at Poverty Bay Des Moines WA Marina desmoinesartscommision.com $7500 A hungry Orca whale wants to eat lunch. One technique that it uses to catch fish is to repeatedly slap the surface of the water with it’s tail.  This stuns the …

Cedar Throne

“Cedar Throne” 5′ x 3′ x3’  Cedar Throne Music for the Eyes Gallery $3500 Using salvaged, already downed wood, I carve these massive chairs from the big flared base of the cedar tree. This part of the tree has very tough wood, where it is anchored to the earth. Each …