So we’ll start with the white deer. I called him Whitey. He actually scared the crap out of me the first time I saw him. He appeared for photographs about once every three weeks in the fall of 2011. One December day I found him dead in the woods, left by a hunter who either lost track of him–or shot him illegally on my posted property. I’ll never know which. Anyway, I found him freshly killed and had him mounted. He now brings good fortune to our neighborhood. RIP Whitey!
I’ve been hacking away at trees with my chainsaw for about 20 years now. Some of the creatures come out of nowhere, while others are inspired by odd shaped pieces of wood that I find. The Gator was a piece of driftwood that I found beached on the bank of the Hudson River in Marlboro, NY. I know Gators can’t survive in this climate, but the gator is one of my favorite creatures. We used to call my daughter Alli-Gator when she was little.
Then there’s always the whimsical creations that remind me more of cartoons than anything else. The man with the big head is called Lieutenant Dan because he has no legs, and the Cyote-Rabbit-Donkey was something inspired by my good friend Pineapple Larry. I affectionately call him JackAss.
When wood rots due to exposure to the elements, a carver sometimes replaces the carving with a more durable sculpture. My wood dolphin carving became a victim of decay, so I replaced it with this more durable metal sculpture that I call “The Horn Section”.
There are always rocks to be lifted.