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Chainsaw Artist Carves Deep Connections to Saskatchewan Roots

Updated: Apr 28, 2023





My name is Michelle Thevenot and I’m a sculpture artist from near Osler, Saskatchewan, Canada.


I create wildly unique wood sculpture carved with chainsaw and power tools. Locally salvaged and reclaimed wood is transformed into artistic treasures. The wood carvings appeal to nature-lovers, homes, cabins, businesses, and parks where they deliver deep connections to the wild surroundings.


Saskatchewan artist Michelle Thevenot carves deep connections to nature with wildly unique wood sculptures carved with chainsaw and power tools. The sculpture carved from Manitoba maple tree trunks and roots, and spruce log. It features an eagle in a nest, provincial icons, prairie lily, grouse, wildlife, squirrel, jack rabbit, and more. Public art sculpture.
Chainsaw Artist Michelle Thevenot with "Saskatchewan Roots" Wood Sculpture

I created a wow-factor 10-foot-tall wood sculpture that tells a story of iconic Saskatchewan wildlife, celebrates diversity, promotes environmental stewardship, and acknowledges the historical roots of the land.


The sculpture “Saskatchewan Roots” is made from tree trunks and roots. The wood was carved with chainsaw and power tools, then hand painted and varnished for indoor or outdoor display.


Each of the plants, animals, and insects featured in this sculpture tells a story of iconic local wildlife that we co-exist with.


The artwork connects people with the calm, grounding, healing energy of nature.


The sculpture inspires us to honor the historical roots of life that made this land home long before we gathered here to make it our home. The sculpture is a symbol of diverse beings co-existing in balance and harmony.


"Saskatchewan Roots" connects with people’s sense of home and proud identity being part of this vibrant, thriving region.




WHERE IT BEGAN


This project began 2 years ago when I was offered the opportunity to claim some salvaged Manitoba maple (box elder) trees from my family's farm site in Saskatchewan. The trees had to be removed from a construction site and were pulled out of the ground, roots and all.


Saskatchewan artist Michelle Thevenot carves deep connections to nature with wildly unique wood sculptures carved with chainsaw and power tools. The sculpture carved from Manitoba maple tree trunks and roots, and spruce log. It features an eagle in a nest, provincial icons, prairie lily, grouse, wildlife, squirrel, jack rabbit, and more. Public art sculpture.
A Trailer Full of Salvaged Trees

Saskatchewan artist Michelle Thevenot carves deep connections to nature with wildly unique wood sculptures carved with chainsaw and power tools. The sculpture carved from Manitoba maple tree trunks and roots, and spruce log. It features an eagle in a nest, provincial icons, prairie lily, grouse, wildlife, squirrel, jack rabbit, and more. Public art sculpture.
The Manitoba Maple (Box Elder) Trunks & Roots Before

The unique character of the tree trunks and roots (as well as *free* carving material) appealed to me, so of course I arranged to haul them home.


The roots were thoroughly covered in dirt. Dirt that did NOT want to "shake off" or "wash off" (which I found out in the messiest way.)



To clean the roots, it took several rounds of pressure washing, which wasn't overly effective, aside from getting myself absolutely soaked in mud.


Eventually, I resorted to excavating the roots by hand over the course of several days. It was so much work chiseling out the stubborn impacted dirt with hand tools, but it work

ed. This was followed by more pressure washing.