Stan Hunt is a Tsakis Kwaguilth artist from Fort Rupert on
A member of one of the first families of Northwest Coast carving,
Stan was born in 1954. He comes from a family of international
stature, which includes his father Henry Hunt and his grandfather
Mungo Martin. Stan's brothers Richard and Tony Sr. are well-known
carvers who mentored him early in his career.
In 1976 Stan apprenticed himself to his father, who first required
him to make his own carving tools. Over the next three years he
assisted his father on a half dozen Totem poles and carved smaller
items for sale in Victoria.
In 1980, he and his brother Richard Hunt restored a 65-foot pole
that had been created by his father for the Montreal Expo in 1967.
Stan carved the first pole of his own in 1982, a commission for
author Jean Auel.
He is equally renowned for his miniature totems and masks, and he
has produced limited edition prints and bronzes.
Stan's interpretation of the Kwaguilth style is starkly
traditional. No power tools or sandpaper are used. Only traditional
tools: the adze, straight knife, and curved knife are used.
Stan's work can be found in museums and private collections around