History of the Totem Poles
July 2001 - Sept. 2003
The poles were carved at Dale's and then placed at the entrance to Clear
Lake Scout Reservation.
This monument is dedicated to the former World Trade Center Towers in
New York City. Our first intentions were for these to be part of
our dedication to Clear Lake. But then, after the attack, we saw
110 rings, the same as the number of World Trade Center Tower floors.
Thank you to all who came to carve and to participate.
Clear Lake provided two oak logs, which we are carved into the poles diagrammed
above. Scouts, fathers, mothers, and daughters signed up to hammer
and carve or hang out at the Troop 174 totem pole carving at the patrol
meetings. Oak is tough, so parents were welcome. There was
room on the poles for several people to work at once, and there was heat
in the winter.
The logs were under tarps, so carving went on rain or shine:
First timers called Dale S. to come over and work. Then, after
10-minute training they came back on their own, even on weekends and nights.
Adults had to be present. Participants brought work gloves, and,
if they had flat chisels and mallets and could be responsible for them,
they could bring them too.
March 9, 2002 - Yorktown
Boy Scouts make Sept. 11 memorial. The Journal News.
Mar. 28, 2002 - Totem poles will stand tall in memory of Sept. 11.
The Patent Trader, p. B7.
Sept. 28, 2003 - Boy
Scouts raise memorial to Sept. 11 victims. The Journal News.
Oct. 2, 2003 - Boy Scouts' memorial stands tall,
The Patent Trader, p. A1.
Click on hotlinks below to see full-sized photos.
Carving, Aug. 15, 2001
Carving, Oct. 23, 2001
Carving, Oct. 30, 2001
Carving, Jan. 29, 2002
Carving, Feb. 26,
Carving, Mar. 5,
Load on Truck, on
23 , 2003.
Plant at Clear Lake, on
27 , 2003.
Totem Pole Wings Installed on
Meaning and Dedication
of the finished Poles.
Boy Scout Troop 174, Yorktown, NY. http://troop174.info