Merlin Robinson is a talented carver whose subject matter encompasses the traditional images that revolve around the Nisga’a background. He is a versatile artist who works in both large and small scale and uses yellow and red cedar wood as his predominant medium.
Merlin began carving eighteen years ago (2006) while training under master carvers, Murphy Stanley and Frances Horne. For a period of one year he apprenticed with master carver, Norman Tait, who educated him on the methods of maintaining a traditional Nisga’a form and encouraged him to preserve it throughout his work.
In 1998 Merlin assisted Frances Horne in carving a twenty-foot totem pole that was shipped to and ultimately raised in Japan. His involvement in monumental projects has resulted in an increase of his prominence level on an international scale.
Merlin is mostly known for his traditionally executed totem poles. His work is distinguished by dimensional and detailed carving. He often carves in free form and implements a synergy between the wood grain and the engraving to form a flowing motion. This combination enhances the intensity of his work and reflects his experience level in achieving a thoughtful work of art.