When renowned artist Pete Ryan moved into the sleepy town of Hope just one hour from Vancouver he noticed there was a dead tree in a park downtown. He offered to carve the dead tree into an eagle to make an eye soar into something more interesting to look at. This quickly became a popular attraction for both locals and visitors alike. The city knew they were on to something special when tourists would come out of their way to Hope and take pictures of Pete’s carving. Soon after, the city displayed 27 more pieces of his carvings throughout the town and next thing you know it, Hope became the chainsaw carving capital of the world.
Spectacular carving at the waterfront. Note the tiny mice in his beard