Tlingit Art By Native Alaskan Artist Kingsawin

Who is the Artist Kingsawin?

James Charles Reed is a 4th generation artist, shipwright and Native Alaskan of the Tlingit People from the Pacific Northwest Coast of North America.  Follow James Reed, or Kingsawin as he is known by his Indian name,  an emerging Certified Tlingit Haida Tribal Artist as he retires from his 30 year boat building career.   He operated under the business name Chipwright and is now be creating art under the DBA Kingsawin Designs™.   You can purchase Kingsawin Designs through our Etsy Shop, called A Pony On My Boat or some of our most popular kimonos, dusters and leggings directly in our own Kingsawin Designs online store – click here. Kingsawin comes from a long line of Artisans as he is one of the grandsons of a Tlingit Totem Pole Carver and Shipbuilder Charles Brown whose totem poles you may have seen in Ketchikan, and Saxman Village, in Alaska where the Brown family is from.  His Great Grandfather William Brown was a renowned Ship Builder and worked on the CC Totem Park Projects as well. For The Tlingit people art is a way of life. Click here to read more about Kingsawin and his heritage on our About Page.  

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Kingsawin visiting Totem Bight State Park, Ketchikan Alaska 2022. Contact us if you have interest in a Bear Clan custom leather vest from Kingsawin Designs.

Kingsawin Designs – Formerly Chipwright

For more than thirty years Chipwright was 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.   Starting in 2021 the only boat that Kingsawin is working on is his own, a 1972 Pacific Northwest Wood Schooner named SpiritHawk. Read more on About Us.

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.

What is the Crypto Native Art Collective™?

The Crypto Native Art Collective was founded in 2021 by Kingsawin and his wife, Sheree Lincoln, who is an artist and web designer. It is a Crypto NFT project in progress . The goal of this project is to make an art collective created to honor our Ancestors by building an online digital gallery for what has traditionally been called Native American Art through the power of a collective for emerging and established North American Indigenous Artists expressing the Soul of Indian Country…and weaving it into the World Wide Web. Learn more at