Tlingit Art By Kingsawin

Who is the Artist Kingsawin?

Kingsawin is a 4th generation artist and shipwright of the Tlingit People from the Pacific Northwest Coast of North America. The Tlingit have a rich heritage as craftsman and artists and are known as The People of The Tides. Follow James “Kingsawin” Reed as he transitions from his boat building career, where he operated under the business name Chipwright, to art through his new business, A Pony On My Boat which he co-founded with his life partner, Sheree Lincoln, who is also an artist and a sailor.  Click here to learn more about Kingsawin.

What is Chipwright?

For more than thirty years Chipwright has been a fully insured business owned and operated by shipwright James Reed, a boat builder, who specialized in repairing fiberglass, awlgrip, gel coat and light carpentry.   While James can still be coaxed into smaller gel coat scratch repairs, in 2020 he has made the move to creating art and being semi-retired.

What is a Shipwright?

A Shipwright is a person who went to school to learn to build boats and ships, apprenticed as a shipwright and made building and working on boats his career.  Essentially, a shipwright is a carpenter skilled in boat construction and repair.