Chainsaws and Other Hobbies

058A few miles outside of Terrace, BC, to the west, just across the highway from the Skeena River, there is a little community tucked behind the trees. If you find it and drive down the gravel road between the houses you are very likely to spot some wildlife – a mountain sheep, a moose, a bear with her cubs, penguins….

036Penguins…?

We pull over to the side of the road and walk up to the fence for a closer look. A fellow appears from behind the house and comes down the driveway toward us.

“Come on in. Have a closer look.”

This is Jerry’s place. A few years ago he decided to take up a hobby to help pass the time during the winters: chainsaw carving.

Turns out he was pretty good at it. Every little while a new carving would appear on his front lawn. It didn’t take long before he ended up with quite a collection.

Are they for sale?

“No, I don’t sell any of them,” says Jerry. “If I did, I wouldn’t be able to look at them and enjoy them.”

034He starts out with the big chainsaw to rough out the shape from the log. Then a smaller one. Finally a little electric chain saw finishes off the details.

Is it a lot of work?

“I’ll tell you what’s a lot of work. When I mow the lawn I have to trim around every one of them with a weed whacker.”

We wander around his yard and pose for pictures with the animals. Maybe I can tell people they are real. They look real enough.

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