Saskatoon man shares creative passion for wood carving with P.A.

Professional Power Sculptor Doug Lingelbach works on a sculpture of an owl outside of Charles Repair and Service on May 15, 2019. (Jayda Noyes/Daily Herald)

“I can give them personalities, so it’s basically a creation from my mind and I use realism as my reference material.”

– Doug Lingelbach, professional power sculptor

Doug Lingelbach learned how to make wood sculptures with a knife before competing worldwide as a professional—but with a chainsaw.

He loved spending time in the forest as a kid, which rippled into developing his own Saskatoon-based company called Earth Bling and competing internationally with the brand Husqvarna.

The rain on Wednesday didn’t stop him from housing himself under a small tent outside of Charles Repair and Service to showcase his talents.

While he was creating a perched owl on a log, he shared how he takes an idea from his mind and makes it reality.

“I have visions. My clients usually will have something they love and then I turn it into my vision and I get creative control based on the topic, whether it be a frog or an owl or a bear. I can give them personalities, so it’s basically a creation from my mind and I use realism as my reference material,” explained Lingelbach.

He mostly creates pieces revolving around nature, but also does fantasy.

(Doug Lingelbach/Facebook)

When a family asked him to do a carving of Winnie the Pooh for their kids, Lingelbach wasn’t certain he could do it.

“It kind of led me into try more stuff and I just eventually gravitated and now I travel the world and train by all the different masters.”

Charles Repair and Service was hosting a Husqvarna sale.