Baines, Laverne Roy (Corky)
Laverne Roy “Corky” Baines was born in Chemainus in 1949 and is of Coast Salish heritage, from Peggy Island (near Chemainus). He started carving at the age of thirty-four but passed away five years later. Corky’s wife and family believed he was a natural, self taught artist who benefitted from the influence of master carver Simon Charlie. Phillip, his son, worked side-by-side with his dad to carve the two poles for the City. One of his best known Totem Poles stands in Duncan (City of Totems) next to the E&N Railway Station - a very impressive piece of true Indigenous Art!
Eagle, Bear, Human Model Totem Pole by Laverne R. Baines, 1988
Eagle with Wolf Model Totem Pole by Laverne Roy (Corky) Baines, Coast Salish First Nation