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Dave Haslett



URL: http://www.orcastone.com

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 Dave was born and raised in the Pacific NW where

the natural beauty has a major influence on his style 

and form.  Attending Portland State University Dave

studied with James Lee Hanson who introduced him 

to the bronze foundry.  Working with clay, making 

molds and then pouring bronze led to a new 

understanding of achieving form.  While researching 

the master sculptors Don Wilson became an instructor 

at PSU and introduced Dave to stone carving. Dave 

has been carving mantel to monumental sculpture 

ever since. Some stones measure nine feet high and 

weigh 3,500 pounds. 

 

The “Vertebra” series relates to bone and it’s marvelous 

structural arrangement representing an interlocking 

system of strength and beauty. Dinosaur and whale 

bones are the major influence for this series. Combining 

bone and the concept that these stones were once molten 

quartz brings new meaning to this ancient earth.

 

Researching the Egyptian and Inca cultures and tapping into 

their rich source of  information has fueled my imagination 

to carve the hard stones. I have traveled to Carnac France, 

Stonehenge England, Machu Picchu Peru and visited the 

monasteries in Lhasa Tibet to explore and research many 

of the standing stones left by my predecessors.