The Heart of the Woods

The Art and Craft of Chainsaw Carving

Rhinelander District Library Project

In June 2012, the Rhinelander Public Library solicited ideas for a carving, which would utilize a maple tree slated to be removed from the area grounds. 


Victoria Houston was kind enough to inform me of this wonderful opportunity and Ed Hughes, the director, scheduled a presentation with the library board.


My design proposal centered around a child sitting on a stack of books, so I carved a preliminary piece and hauled it to the meeting.

Sincere thanks to my patient and tolerant model, Carly Seidl, daughter of Brian and Gina Seidl. 


One of the nicest people I know, Carly was kindly willing to help me get the posture and proportions I needed to block this carving out and properly place the details.

Started in August of 2012, large clear logs from a 65 year old white pine, felled by disease, were generously provided by Sue and Scott Watson.

Now add some books...

and set in place!

The final carving, titled 'Tall Tales', is 8 feet tall.