Posted by: Rick Noll on January 3rd, 2006
I decided to go up and check out the studio of the artist who made my Bigfoot statue. He is up on Hwy 2, Stevens Pass, in Washington, just east of Gold Bar. His name is Nyal Thomas. After 911, he carved a firefighters scene and it now sits outside of Squad I in New York City. He has carved things like Hockey players for the owners of teams. He is quite good and enters competitions all over the world.
I saw some of his finished work and that of his students, since he teaches the art at his ranch style studio, and has them all there for sale.
He told me that he has decided to do another Bigfoot statue but this time a true giant. He doesn’t know what he is going to do with it yet but if it is anything like the one I now have, I would say a museum.
A home made sign at a road side cafe warns us that we should be on the look-out. I guess the sign works both ways… for the real animal and the many statues along the road. Hwy 2 sports other attempts at carving Bigfoot like figures out of the local wood, which is preferably cedar. Here are some images I collected on my trip this past weekend… not specifically for this reason though.
This one seems to be an original but is piecemealed together. It needs a little help in standing upright right now but you have to give it a break; New Years was just 2 days ago. This one is about 9 feet tall.
Here you can see that the feet, from the ankles up, were made separate.
And further up the road, here we have Harry from the Henderson’s movie. This statue commemorates the 1986 film site. Both Rene Dahinden and Cliff Crook helped with the movie. The owner of this drive through coffee stop owns a Harry costume and has been known to climb in it and run across the road giving motorists a need to stop and get a cup of Java.