Local Chainsaw Artist
From Custom furniture, benches and carvings of animals such as bears and eagles to unique wooden carved signs, every item is a unique, local, island made carving.
At Mountain Peak Creations we pride ourselves on providing high quality cedar, chainsaw carvings at a reasonable price. Danny only uses Western red cedar because it is a nice soft wood for carving and has amazing colours in the finished product. It is also naturally resistant to insects and weathers nicely.
Hence the reason for our move to Vancouver Island in the fall of 2010. Danny was always driving from our home in Alberta to get wood in B.C. so we decided it would just be easier to move there.
We started off on a little island called Ruxton Island where Danny would tow the logs over by boat, then we would have to cut the logs smaller to run them up to our property using the quad and trailer. Danny would carve all winter and then in the spring we would run all the finished bears down our big hill and load them onto the quad and trailer. Then we would run them over to the beach at low tide to put on the boat at high tide and motor over to Vancouver Island. Whew! From there we would load the bears into our truck, catch a ferry and go sell them in Alberta.
After doing this for a few years we decided that to increase efficiency Nanaimo would be a better home base. Danny set up his new shop in the south end in the fall of 2015 and has been carving up a storm here ever since!
How we started?
Danny bought his first chainsaw in Calgary in the early 1990’s and experimented with making different types of furniture and he has had a love and desire to work with wood ever since. It has always been a hobby that he has enjoyed immensely and wanted to do more of. While on a sales trip in B.C. in 2006 he met a chainsaw carver and knew that he wanted to try it.
After lots of practice and hard work, Danny managed to carve a log into a bear and an eagle! In order to test out the market and see if people liked his carvings, Danny started selling his work at the Currie Barracks Farmer’s Market in Calgary on week-ends. After two months he wasn’t able to keep up with supplying the market on week ends so he started selling by the roadside at Pine Lake, Alberta where his parents had a cabin. From there we expanded to other locations and have been traveling and selling road side ever since.
Now on Vancouver Island we have partnered with other carvers that are selling our pieces as well as their own.