Gerry was born in Merritt, B.C., April 13, 1964. His biggest influence was his older brother, Roger Swakium. He recalls having spent much of his time watching his brother carve. He credits watching the carving process as the biggest factor in his own success. Although born of Salish descent, Gerry has carved a variety of styles. He has been carving for over 17 years. He has carved makes, bowls, rattles, plaques and various sizes of totem poles.
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