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February 28, 2012 at 5:42 PM

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A "Kalakala" food truck?

In today's Seattle Times, reporter Jack Broom writes an interesting story about Pete Bevis, the artist who brought the aging Kalakala ferry from Alaska back to Seattle in the late 1990s. You may remember I sketched the ferry and its current owner a few weeks ago, so I was immediately drawn to the report.

It focuses on Bevis's decision to sell the Fremont Fine Arts Foundry he started more than 30 years ago and leave town, which is too bad for Fremont, but that's another story. The fact that caught my attention was the mention of a replica of the Kalakala that may end up being turned into a food truck. That would be cool, huh? Watch out, Maximus Minimus!

Here's an excerpt from the story:

Parked in the middle of the foundry is another project Bevis was unable to complete, a 28-foot-long "baby Kalakala" built on the chassis of a Winnebago.

Bevis said he had intended to have the replica available to drive around, stimulating donations for a Kalakala ferry restoration."

Now, though, the vehicle will go with the building, to the foundry's new owners. Agarwal said he hopes it can be transformed into a food truck.

Reading about this "baby Kalakala," also prompted me to search for these drawings. As you can imagine, I don't publish every drawing I make on this blog -- it often takes me several bad drawings, or what I call "false starts," to make a drawing I like. If I feel that the proportions or the composition aren't right, I just abandon the sketch and start a new one. That's what happened when I was drawing these from Mark Greengo's kayak. You could call them "unfinished baby Kalakala's."

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