By Ted Olinger
Key Peninsula News 

Owls and Eagles and Bears - and Sasquatch, of course - Help to Brighten the Garden


Last updated 8/11/2022 at 10:12am

Tina McKail, Key Peninsula News

An emerging Sasquatch looks over the shoulder of Dan Whited at work.

Anyone exploring the byways of the Key Peninsula has seen them, and maybe even been startled. Wooden bear cubs clinging to a tree, an enormous eagle perched atop a roof peak, a life-sized Sasquatch looming up at the end of a driveway.

Chainsaw woodcarvings are a Pacific Northwest tradition.

But there's one hideaway on the KP where these creations come to life. Next to a stack of cedar trees stands a series of upright logs, roughly cut into vaguely familiar shapes. Further on, the shapes begin to resemble heads, wings or claws, or something more subtle. At the far edge, a giant owl roosts in silence, waiting for its feathers to be carved.

Dan Whited has been turning cedar into sculpture for 30 years. His owl might retail for $700 or $800. A life-sized Sasquatch would be closer to $2,000.

But it's not a career he planned.

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