Tall, narrow wooden mask with a white face and black eye slit across the middle. Red, saw-tooth patterns with black accents around its edges.


Materials: Pine, glue, epoxy putty, acrylic paint.

Impersonal, but with a hint of foreboding, Summoner cuts a strong outline wherever it goes.

It’s a unique piece for me because this is the first mask I made out of wood. The scroll saw was definitely my friend for this one. My vision evolved quite a bit as I worked, and this became taller, more symmetrical, and more complex.

Bold colors seemed appropriate for the paint. I wanted to mirror the swirling outer shapes of the wood with swirling inner shapes of paint. Making the thin lines between the red and white took a long time. Finally, I sprayed it with sealer that is mostly a satin finish, but which adds shiny hints to some areas.

Right side of mask. The layering of the wood sections is visible. It is strapped to a mannequin head supported by a grey pole.

This is about 19 inches high, 8.5 inches across, and weighs around 1 pound 14 ounces. It’s a wearable mask with straps made from a combination of rope, Velcro, and leather, though it was not designed to be worn for extended periods. The inside is unpadded and painted much like the outside.

Though the eye slot looks narrow, vision is quite good in this. There are two small air vents in the lower half of the mask, and because this doesn’t wrap around your ears, hearing is completely unobstructed.