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June 3, 2014 at 5:37 PM

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Totem pole has new home


BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Roger Waterhouse, a senior technical consultant, left, and Cody Thomaselli, a welder for Artech, guide the Admiral Way Totem Pole to its new home in front of the Log House Museum in West Seattle on June 3, 2014. Artech installer Glenn Kearney, not pictured, drives the outreach forklift to lift the pole. The unique mount for the totem pole was fabricated by Thomaselli.

The totem pole, carved in 1966 by Michael Morgan and Bob Fleischman, two Boeing engineers, stood at Belvedere View Point Park for 40 years before being removed in 2006 for restoration. Artech, a local art installation and restoration company, put in more than 150 hours of work on the pole since 2012. "This is the biggest thing we've done since we opened the museum 17 years ago," said Clay Eals, executive director of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. "It's a beacon for us and the community." The totem pole will be kept under wraps until a special unveiling ceremony on June 6 at 10:30 a.m. outside the museum at 3003 61st Ave. S.W. just off Alki Beach.



BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Roger Waterhouse, right, and Cody Thomaselli guide in the Admiral Way Totem Pole to its new home in front of an audience at the Log House Museum.

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Students from Alki Elementary School drive by the new totem pole that Clay Eals, executive director of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, spoke to them about. Students will attend the unveiling ceremony on June 6.

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Cody Thomaselli, left, and Roger Waterhouse guide in the Admiral Way Totem Pole to its new home in front of the Log House Museum in West Seattle.

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