Doug Smarch jr
Thanks to a family that still loves the outdoors and parents that are naturally creative. I remember my winter gear was mostly handmade by my mother, we had moose hide mitts, moccasins, homemade parkas, ski pants. I was surrounded by creativity and it naturally rubbed off on me. I learned to make it if I wanted it and my parents encouraged me to do so “it kept me busy” I was never told it was not good I was told to do the best job no matter what. Many years later I still carry one, I handle with care any material and then something great for me comes from it, I like being in that space as a child and now as an adult.
Doug Smarch is a visual and fine craft artist, of the Tlingit Nation from Teslin, B.C.