Marc Chassé is a master with a chainsaw. He can turn an old, dead tree into something beautiful with fine details with a coarse tool. Marc’s wife, Laurence, completes the job by sanding, painting and finishing each unique piece. Since 2000, the couple have been creating wood statues and other feature items, both large and small, from their home in Chalk River. Marc enjoys the diversity of their projects, saying “The largest piece so far has been 20 feet tall, the smallest; a cardinal carving less than a foot tall.”
Marc carves mainly from dead white pine, the uniqueness of open-grown, “defective” trees adding to his art. “Forked trees can be made into the legs of a statue” and other unique shapes can be incorporated into art. A large statue usually takes a few weeks to finish completely. Most of the wood comes from tree removals in Deep River and Chalk River, which are dominated by mature white pine. Marc has gone on-site to customer’s homes to carve standing dead trees right on the stump, leaving a beautiful remnant of a once-cherished tree.
The Chassé’s list of products includes totem poles, bird houses, statues, mantels, log home feature beams, outhouses, live-edge tables, glass-topped tables, branch chairs and other works of art. Marc and Laurence enjoy custom orders but have very creative imaginations of their own and are always working on something new. Their most popular items are eagle and bear carvings.
You can buy unique wood carved items, furniture and gifts from Marc and Laurence by dropping in at the shop (open “by chance”) on 31846 Highway 17 near Chalk River or calling them at 613-589-2964.
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- Totem poles
- Wood carved and hand painted art pieces
- Bird houses
- Fireplace mantels
- Log home feature beams
- Glass-topped tables with wooden carved bases
- Branch chairs
- Live-edge tables
- Other custom items