Only when M&L salvaged and reconditioned the massive cedar roof beams from Mungo Martin’s carving shed at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria could the project finally move forward.
Material procurement was a major focus of this project, and it was only when M&L salvaged and reconditioned the massive cedar roof beams from Mungo Martin’s carving shed at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, that the project could finally move forward.
Originally constructed my master artists Bill Reid and Doug Cranmer, the Haida House and Mortuary House are reproductions of high-status C 19th Haida structures from Haida Gwaii. Together with their impressive carved poles, the two buildings form an outdoor exhibit at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC. The spaces are used for cultural events, educational programs and ceremonies.
In 2010-11 M&L carefully dismantled and then reconstructed the two buildings in order to replace the huge structural roof purlins, some of which weighed more than 5,500 lbs, apiece. Once the roof structures were restored, our team installed 9ft long, hand-split cedar roof planks (also made by M&L) over both buildings.