If you cut away too much, your bear becomes a bird!

“Carving animals in wood comes very natural to me. I have always had a love for animals. Being able to recreate a living creature is a very rewarding process. Being able to do it with a chainsaw, well, that speeds things up more than working with my hand tools. With every carving I learn something new to bring with me to the next project.

Wood carver, Mike Ormondy of Rustic Carver

You have to see the image that you are trying to pull out of the wood before you make your first cut. So you need an artist’s intuition even to attempt to make a realistic carving. The confidence to run a power saw doesn’t hurt either. My mind and heart can see what I want to create with ease. The hardest part is removing the wood that’s not needed with the saw. If you cut away too much, your bear then becomes a bird! 

Curled up foxes at Rustic Carver

I wouldn’t say I get lost carving animals in wood. My brain just goes into autopilot and there is no feeling like it, watching your carving come to life right before your eyes. Animals are my biggest inspiration. And a close second is my mother and her artistic talents. She was always drawing or painting and involving  me in art since birth. Thanks Mom!

I have no plan for my business. I really just like putting smiles on people’s faces when they receive one of my carvings. My future as a carver? I plan to get as close to the real thing with my carvings and make them as life like as possible. One day I hope to do some large statement pieces that leave an impact on this planet for years.”- Mike Ormondy

Wood carver Mike Ormondy grew up in Clearwater. He lives, works and carves in Sicamous, BC!