The Delicate Art of Chainsaw Wood Carving: Part 2… North to Alaska

Peggy, who had just been kayaking on Dragon Lake in Quesnel, BC was immediately attracted to this dragon wood carving in Chetwynd.

Peggy, who had just been kayaking on Dragon Lake in Quesnel, BC, was immediately attracted to this dragon wood carving in Chetwynd. (Photograph by Peggy Mekemson)

On Monday I provided an introduction to the art of wood carving with a chainsaw in Hope, British Columbia. Today we will see what Chetwynd, BC has to offer. As I mentioned earlier, Chetwynd holds an annual contest in June that attracts wood carvers from around the world. We quickly found that the number and variety of carvings was even greater than we had found in Hope. I was amazed at what could be accomplished in 36 hours. it made me think about the months and even years, sculptures spend working on a block of marble.

Chainsaw wood carving at Chetwynd, BC

I was more entranced by this scary pumpkin scarecrow.

Chainsaw wood carving at Chetwynd, BC

A close up of the head. How would you like to meet up with this guy on a dark night?

Chainsaw wood carving in Chetwynd, BC

The complete sculpture. Like Scarecrow in Oz, he had straw stuffing trying to escape.

A close up of the head on Peggy's dragon. (Photo by Peggy Mekemson)

A close up of the head on Peggy’s dragon. (Photo by Peggy Mekemson)

Chainsaw woodcarving at Chetwynd, BC

Was this crusty gold miner saying “Don’t take my photo”?

Chainswa wood carving in Chetwynd, BC

A close up of the miner’s face in Chetwynd, BC.

Chainsaw wood carving in Chetwynd, BC

I found the perspective on this bear totem pole interesting.

Chainsaw carving in Chetwynd, BC

Deer totem pole.

Chainsaw wood carving in Chetwynd, BC

An eagle lands to feed its chick. (Photograph by Peggy Mekemson)

Chainsaw wood carving in Chetwynd, BC

A bear tries to raid an eagle’s nest. The eagle objects.

Chainsaw wood carving in Chetwynd, BC

The Thinker? (Photograph by Peggy Mekemson)

Chainsaw woodcarving in Chetwynd, BC

Another perspective. This ram had quite a set of horns.

Chainsaw wood carving in Chetwynd, BC

A Samurai warrior.

Chainsaw wood carving in Chetwynd, BC

A carved relief on the side of the Chetwynd, BC Visitor Center of St. George slaying the dragon.

It seems appropriate to end this blog on Chetwynd, BC chainsaw wood carving with a moose.

It seems appropriate to end this blog on Chetwynd, BC chainsaw wood carving with a moose.

Chainsaw carving in Chetwynd, BC

Another photo of the moose.

Next Blog: The busy beavers of the Toad River.