I worked in Alaska one summer and had the chance to check an item off the bucket list. Building a full size totem pole! First thing you need is a good sized log. My brother and I wanted our totem pole to be 10 feet tall so we found a log about 14′ so we would have plenty of log to stick in the ground.
Logs this big are heavy so you’re going to need a way to move it around. Mostly my brother and I put it on our ATV or just used our muscles.
The tools we used varied. The bulk of the work was done with a medium sized chainsaw as this turned out to be the most efficient way of removing wood. We used angle grinders to give finer detail and burn lines. We also used hand tools but we decided we didn’t have the next 3 years on this project.
I used a deWalt ‘sawsall’ to create the wings from an extra plank of wood that we had lying around from the sawmill. Man, I miss my beard.
Getting ready to drop the totem pole in the ground.
We sealed the heck out of the wood after it was in the ground to make sure it lasts a good long time. Go Alaska!