Cre­ative cuts

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“If you can think it, I can cre­ate it!” The slo­gan for JAG (Just A Girl) Wood­work­ing refers to the ver­sa­til­ity of “The Chain­saw Lady,” Ger­dine van Wouden­berg.

The wood sculp­tor will be show­ing off her skills Satur­day, May 2 at the Alexandria and Dis­trict Cham­ber of Com­merce Trade Fair.

Since she took up wood sculpt­ing about six years ago, the St-Eugène res­i­dent has, among other things, trans­formed stumps into art, turned roots into ta­bles and fash­ioned chunks of wood into gnomes, horse riders, high­land dancers and birds of prey.

Ev­ery piece of wood has po­ten­tial. “Af­ter peo­ple have cut trees, I go on-site and turn a stump into a piece of art.” That is what she is do­ing now at the Glen­garry Golf Course, where she works. Golfers have no doubt ad­mired her wolf carv­ing. Soon they will be able to ap­pre­ci­ate a piece she is mak­ing from a clump of elm tree stumps. The re­sult will be this­tles, and a squir­rel hold­ing a golf ball.

While she prefers to work with cedar, Ms. van Wouden­berg has also taken her saw and grinders to po­plar, soft maple and ash. She has her own sup­ply of logs, how­ever, Ms. van Wouden­berg also en­joys ex­plor­ing wood­lots for in­spi­ra­tion.

“There is a lot of weird stuff out there,” she says with a laugh. “Peo­ple re­ally like ta­bles I make from roots. There are some beau­ties in the woods.”

The odd­est limbs can of­ten be found in dense stands, where trees morph in or­der to sur­vive.

“Mother Na­ture is funny...it is amaz­ing how she will al­low things to grow. It is in­cred­i­ble to see how trees will twist and grow around each other to get to that light.”

Many home­own­ers have opted to dec­o­rate their lawns, gar­dens and decks with her unique and charm­ing chain­saw carv­ings.

In ad­di­tion to mush­rooms and fun­gal pieces, Ms. van Wouden­berg has cre­ated chan­de­liers, can­dle hold­ers and an as­sort­ment of dec­o­ra­tive items.

Mush­rooms are among her more pop­u­lar items. As are “so­lar flow­ers,” which are il­lu­mi­nated by so­lar-pow­ered lights. “They are art and func­tional, too.” -- Richard Ma­honey

Ger­dine van Wouden­berg’s cre­ations in­clude this wolf at the Alexandria golf course.

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