Migration of the Long-tailed Jaeger
This piece was inspired by the sighting of the long-tailed jaeger during my first day hiking in Denali during my residency. The bird has a striking appearance and I saw it in the midst of rain and sunbursts atop Polychrome Ridge.
The woods in this piece reflect the dramatic migration path of the long-tailed jaeger which ranges from Western South American through the Pacific Northwest to Central Alaska. The vessel is hollow and the lid/finial can be removed. (It is secured with rare-earth magnets). The body wood, big leaf maple, was selected to enhance the inlay design with a sky and clouds effect.
The form seems Asian but that isn't the intent. The sweeping top represents the grandeur of Denali, while the lid reflects the shape of black spruce, and the finial reflects the shape of the tail feathers of the LT Jaeger. The burned, leaning tree imagery represents the threat of increasing fires in the black spruce forests of Alaska due to climate change. Personally, the sweeping top also represents my wife Brenda's stance when she was singing "The Sound of Music" when we were on Polychrome mountain during the first sighting of the long-tailed jaeger.
— Stephen Hatcher, 2013
Stephen Hatcher is a woodturner and sculptor who incorporates mineral crystals into his designs. This unique style of artwork has earned him many awards including recognition by Southwest Art magazine as the most innovative wood artist in 2007. He has also been featured in many other books and magazines, including most recently "100 Northwest Artists." Stephen's work is found in numerous private, corporate, and institution collections around the world. Trained in electrical engineering and mathematics, Stephen was an entrepreneur in the Seattle, WA area for 25 years designing cutting-edge satellite communications equipment. Retiring from the field in 2002, he pursued his love of art which draws inspiration from the natural beauty and cultural aspects of the Pacific Rim. The residency in Denali was deeply inspirational on many fronts and has lead to entirely new lines of artistic exploration.Visit his website.
Last updated: March 29, 2017