The artistry of wood carving

Mitchell Peterson with his hand-sculptured moose head.

Mitchell Peterson with his hand-sculptured moose head.

This wood carving of a buck deer is but one of Mitchell Peterson's creations he's done over the years.

This wood carving of a buck deer is but one of Mitchell Peterson’s creations he’s done over the years.

For Mitchell Peterson of rural Strathcona, his experience of working with wood began at a very early age when he pounded nails into a gymnasium’s wood flooring that his father, Kenneth Peterson, was installing. When Mitch got a bit older he began to dabble in carving small totem poles. Before long, he graduated to making taller ones.

Along with working as a carpenter and also spending 30 years at Polaris Industries as a welder, he continued to enjoy his wood working hobby.

“In the beginning I had nothing but chisels and knives to work with,” he said.

Today his workshop includes Dremel rotary tools, burning torches, band saws, sanders, a turning lay, and numerous other tools. He said that being a carpenter has enabled him to have pretty much all the tools he now needs. 

To see more of this story, including more photos, read the September 28 edition of The Tribune in print or online.

 

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