Ray Scow comes from a family of well-known Kwagiulth carvers from Alert Bay, a small town on the North-eastern part of the Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada...
The Kwagiulth is one group within the Kwakwakwakw (speakers of the Kwakwala) Nation, which claims territory on the eastern Vancouver Island as well as a large area of the Mainland just east of the Island. In the late nineteenth century, a few different tribal villages combined to form what is now Alert Bay. Ray comes from a long line of carvers descending from these villages. Ray’s work, and the work from his brothers Leonard, Rupert and Barry are exceptional and well known on British Columbia's West Coast. Four brothers were all born in the early 1960s and began carving under guidance of Wayne Alfred. Ray works with red and yellow cedar, and explores the whole spectrum of Kwagiulth carving of masks, talking sticks, paddles, and etcetera. His carving reflects the traditional figures of Kwagiulth heritage. Ray has received a worldwide recognition. Presently Ray lives in the greater Vancouver area and continues to produce finest carvings.