Valley Carvers - Past and Present
School House Museum
Deep River, Ontario
Woodcarvings by Pat Patterson of Renfrew Ontario Canada
Carver Pat Patterson of Renfrew Ontario with Pembroke Centennial Totem Pole.
My dad Abe Patterson lived in center town Pembroke and he was a
world famous woodcarver from the 1920's until the 1960's. I grew
up here and spent many of my younger days in his shop and some
of his skills rubbed off on me so to speak. During my early years
from the 1940's to the 1960's I would help my father getting trees in
the forests and bringing them home. Some of the larger projects he
carved such as life size bears, lumber jacks or totem poles I helped
him with . Smaller woodcarvings such as moose and deer were
made with a watchful eye from my father and his expertise was
much appreciated. My dads' home made knives were used for
carving and these were made from strait razor shaving blades
which he received from a Police Captain on the Detroit Police
Force. In 1963 I became a Police Officer and worked and spent the
rest of my life in Renfrew. This left little time for woodcarving but
from time to time I would carve walking sticks .walking canes
relief carvings and small totems. As I got older more time was
found for carvings such as large totem poles, cigar store Indians.
Through the years most of these carvings were given away freely
with payment to me being received by the glee in the eyes of the
beholder .At my leisure I continue to carve at my small shop in
Renfrew when the mood strikes me.
3Broach carved by Pat Paterson of Renfrew Ontario as a gift for Author Mary Cook
524" X 18' Totem Pole carved by Pat Paterson of Renfrew Ontario for a cottage at Fort William PQ.
7Totem Pole carved by Pat Paterson of Renfrew Ontario for City of Pembroke, installed in Riverside Park.
This totem Pole was carved by Pat and Patrick Patterson of Renfrew Ontario in 1986. It was sold and went to Sudbury area where it was used as a veranda post.
11Pembroke Millennium Totem Pole carved by Pat Patterson of Renfrew Ontario in 2000 and stands 57 feet in height. The figures on this pole represent subjects that have been important to Pembroke and area over the years. .
Born on the banks of the mighty Bonnechere River during the summer of 2004. His features are pure Algonquin, finely carved and ferocious. His thighs and torso would make the Venus De Milo weep stone tears of regret to think of the nights she wasted with puny gentlemen on Mount Olympus. He is a poet's dream of manly strength and vigor.
Note; this Cigar Store Indian was carved by Pat Paterson of Renfrew Ontario from White Pine and stands 5 ft 6 in. in height.
15Cane handle carved from Sumac by Pat Paterson of Renfrew Ontario for a Ford V8 enthusiast. About 1992
17Cane handle carved by Pat Paterson of Renfrew Ontario for a funeral home director. About 1992
19Cane handle carved by Pat Paterson of Renfrew Ontario for Art Jamieson, a well known fiddler in the Ottawa Valley
21Cane handle carved by Pat Paterson of Renfrew Ontario from a weeping caragana tree for a Schnauzer owner.
23Cane carved by Pat Paterson of Renfrew Ontario for a Pontiac GTO owner about 1987
255' walking staff with Goat head carved by Pat Paterson of Renfrew Ontario .
27This cane is carved from the lowly Staghorn Sumac tree. It's lightness, strength and beauty of the green colored grain of the wood , belies the fact that most people overlook it as it grows along the hillsides and roadsides of the Upper Ottawa Valley. The beauty of a thicket of Sumac having turned red at first frost is indescribable.
Pat Patterson , Renfrew Ont.
29Pat's Martian Ballerina. Carved from Sumac about 1985 by Pat Paterson of Renfrew Ontario
This 18 foot Totem Pole was erected on Patterson's Island in the Ottawa River near Pembroke Ontario in 1983. It was carved by Margaret, Pat, Patrick Jr., and Corry Paterson
This is Pat Paterson at age 11 or 12. He is carving a moose with the aid of his father Abe Patterson. The moose is still in Pats possession. The photo was taken in 1949 or 50.
35This 14" x 20" relief of the Model T Ford was carved by Pat Paterson of Renfrew Ontario in about 1965
37The "Boy Scout's Totem Pole" carved by Pat Paterson of Renfrew Ontario in 1997 for the Boy Scouts Of Canada and installed at the Boy Scout Camp at Hurds Lake Ont.
It stands about 40 feet in height
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