Both my previous careers: as a forester engaged in forest and fire management, and later as a professional log builder and log building instructor have left me with a profound appreciation for my medium ; the natural tree trunk. Carving with chainsaws and hand tools, I always strive to incorporate the natural features of the trunks, stumps, logs or driftwood into the emerging carving or sculpture.
I particularly found that there is beauty in wood, no matter how lowly the piece of raw material may appear at first glance. I often use discarded butt logs from clear cut areas, whole tree stumps from excavations – or land clearing operations. Urban tree removal services offer large trunks or character logs to me for the taking, in fact to this date there has never been a tree felled for the purpose of obtaining a carving log.
Life size realistic animal carvings depicting the fauna of the boreal forest are a large part of my carving repertoire. On the other hand I found a free hand kind of sculpting, releasing the spirit of the wood into the visible world. Using whole stumps with the root system intact, tree crowns, witch’s brooms, multiple forked trunks i.e. natures quirks as a medium to call the wood spirits into the tangible state. These whimsical creatures are allowed to appear without any preconceived drawings or notions and are veritable happenings. The size of these sculptures may vary greatly.