Many of the restoration projects I take on are through galleries and private collectors and involve cleaning, repairs, making accoutrements that has fallen off or is damaged and making sure the object is in the best condition possible. I get fun challenges like making cedar bark rope, shaping abalone, re-carving small elements that have been damaged and cleaning deep-seated mold off painted drum heads. One of the aspects of doing restoration which is probably the most interesting and fun for me is getting to work on other artist's pieces. This has given me incalculable hours of getting into the heads of some of the best artists in NW Coast Native art. I get to see the little tricks they use, muse over why they chose a particular design element, color, or line, and appreciate beautiful masterworks. My understanding of and ability to turn my hand to any NW Coast Native art style has been vastly increased due to these artists I have to mimic exactly.