Red Cedar Wood Log Carvings by Danny Peterson
Over the last 10 years Danny has learned a lot about different types of wood and finishes. Danny now exclusively uses Western Red Cedar that is harvested from Vancouver Island. The logs that he carves are very large so he will cut them in half and quarter them before he starts a carving. He learned that when carving a full round log, it will always split to the middle as it dries. With those logs he would put a “relief” line in the back of the carving to allow the wood to expand and contract as it dried. He no longer has to do that with the wood he uses now. Halving and quartering the wood allows it to dry at an even rate so it won’t split.
After experimenting with different types of finish for the carvings Danny found that the Sikkens Door and Window product provided the look and protection he wanted.
Danny is always learning and experimenting with new techniques and tools and constantly studying new forms. The beautiful scenery of the ocean and mountains where he lives and the abundant wildlife in the area keep him inspired. He makes his chainsaws more eco-friendly by using canola oil in his saws instead of regular chainsaw oil.
Each piece Danny carves is unique and original, no two carvings are ever alike due to the characteristics of the wood and the detail Danny puts into them.