Heritage - Kwakiutl
Tim Alfred was born in Alert Bay, British Columbia in 1967.
Tim first started carving in the world-renowned Kwakiutl style at the age of 20 and was mainly taught by Stanley Hunt. Wayne Alfred, Beau Dick and Calvin Hunt were also influences in his carving career. As a young artist he was able to learn techniques in making bentwood boxes, planking from cedar trees, carving masks, paddles, model canoes and making regalia for traditional use in the Big House.
Some of his projects include drums and paddles he made for the Fort Rupert Elementary School in 1998. He has done work for memorial trophies and made donations to various fund-raising events in his community, including the Big House in Alert Bay.
Tim Alfred's work can be found in many galleries, the museums in Alert Bay, the Royal British Museum in Victoria, British Columbia and private collections throughout the west coast.