“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.
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.