The perfect gift for PEETZ fans and collectors of original Westcoast art...
PEETZ inaugural Artist Series reel design, the 2015 Circle of Life has inspired the concept of the Chain of Life for the next Artist Series limited edition reels - all hand carved by Kwaguilth master carver and artist, Jason Henry Hunt. These annual reel designs will focus on those West Coast species that rely on healthy Pacific salmon stocks for their existence.
For the 2016 limited edition Chain of Life reel design, we are pleased to introduce "Orca, Salmon & Moon" where the Orca is represented as the primary totem. This design depicts an Orca hunting salmon under a full moon. The moon is represented by a beautiful piece of abalone shell (sourced as a by-product of the sustainable New Zealand "Pāua" abalone fishery).
According to Mr. Hunt, "I wanted to incorporate the moon in this design because it is a symbol of transformation and a guiding light in the darkness. It is my vision that this 2016 reel design reflects our capacity to transform our thoughts and bring about long lasting change to ensure the future health of the Pacific Northwest's precious salmon resources for all dependent species."
This beautiful First Nations design is available as a limited release of 90 reels for PEETZ fans and West Coast art collectors worldwide. Each reel is individually hand carved using traditional tools by Mr. Hunt, numbered and signed.
|Name||Chain of Life #1 - "Orca, Salmon & Moon"|
|Artist||Jason Henry Hunt|
|Medium||Handcrafted 5" PEETZ Evolution fishing reel - finished mahogany and polished brass|
|Release Date||June 9, 2016|
|Commission Size||Limited to 90 handcarved reels - signed and numbered by the artist|
A portion of proceeds from each Chain of Life reel purchased through this website will be donated to salmon conservation as part of 'REEL CHANGE' a partnership between PEETZ and the Pacific Salmon Foundation. For more details click here.
Order Your Limited Edition Reel Today
You can purchase this limited edition Artist Series reel online securely through this website, or you can call us toll free at 800.883.0221 (Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm PST). If you would like to purchase one or more specific reel numbers, make sure you call us as soon as possible!
About Jason Henry Hunt
Born in Victoria in 1973, Jason is the son of Kwaguilth carver and artist, Stanley Clifford Hunt. Following in the footsteps of his father and uncles, Tony Hunt and Richard Hunt, Jason has merged his trained indigenous artistic capabilities with a unique, recognizable style that is sought after by collectors throughout North America and in Europe.
Dedicated to the values of old world craftsmanship, and favouring the use of hand tools to carve and finish his works, Jason creates signature pieces that range from totem poles and large scale panels to masks, paintings and jewelry.
Today, Jason is the youngest steward of a rich legacy of creativity that traces its roots from his father through his grandfather, Henry Hunt, to his great-grandfather, Mungo Martin (both widely credited with teaching many of today’s leading artists). Jason’s work explores the distinct culture and art form of the Kwagiulth people while reflecting the vibrant history and knowledge of generations of acclaimed artists.
Visit www.otterbaystudio.com for more information about Jason and his artwork.
Regarding the Collaboration with PEETZ Outdoors
"To know that every reel by PEETZ is handmade locally in small runs, that no two reels are exactly alike, and that the company has a legacy of over 90 years is really appealing to me," states Mr. Hunt. "I'm excited about the creative, artistic, yet fully functional products that will evolve through our unique collaboration."
Growing up within small communities on Vancouver Island, Jason recognizes salmon fishing as an important part of life on the West Coast. Therefore, along side PEETZ, Jason has committed to donate a portion of all proceeds from all products created through his PEETZ collaboration to salmon conservation initiatives.
The PEETZ Evolution Reel
'Orca, Salmon & Moon' is carved upon the new PEETZ EVOLUTION fishing reel.
Released in 2015, the EVOLUTION fishing reel represents the first major innovation in reel design for PEETZ Outdoors in more than a decade!
There are so many wonderful advantages to a retro wood reel that we made a conscious effort to stay true to the PEETZ classic wood look, sound, and more importantly, feel! However, working closely with a number of professional west coast fisherman, we’ve introduced technical and functional enhancements to boost the performance of the PEETZ classic reel and bring it into the 21st century.
- A new design that offers a nod to our past, but an eye to the future!
- New one-way drag mechanism (no more "knuckle buster" effect!).
- Precision stainless steel center shaft and roller bearings.
- New drag control knob that is a nod to the classic PEETZ "wing nut" but offers an updated look and improved feel.
- Updated non-slip drag control.
- Handcrafted from sustainably farmed mahogany - stained and sealed with PEETZ custom sealer and two coats of quality matte varnish for decades of protection from the elements.
- Hand turned and polished brass components including a beautiful lathe-shaped brass line spool.
- New solid Cherry wood handles with clean, through-hull attachment.
- The distinctive resonating sound of the PEETZ clicker with on/off button.
- Created by Canadian artisans.
- A lifetime warranty.
For full details about the PEETZ Evolution Reel, visit this model's product overview page.
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