Chanhassen Woodcarvers

The Chanhassen Woodcarvers started in 1993 with about eight carvers and volunteer instructor Louie Zakariasen, an experienced carver. The group meets in the Chanhassen Senior Center in the lower level of City Hall every Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 to 11:30 am. Experienced carvers, beginners, and visitors are always welcome. The group consists of about a dozen carvers on Wednesdays and seven on Fridays.

The group normally works on their own particular interests; however, as a group effort they have made a totem pole, a covered wagon with oxen and cows, and a "wooden quilt".

Totem Pole

The totem pole has Minnesota state figures such as a loon, north star, showy lady slipper, gopher, and a walleye. The pole was carved from a red or Norway pine, the state tree, by Louie Zakariasen, Joe Warneke, Sherol Howard, Lorraine Clark, Jack Mauritz, and Ken Hookom. The totem pole can be viewed in the Chanhassen Senior Center.

Stagecoach Express

The covered wagon is a scale model of an authentic Conestoga covered wagon with oxen and trailing cattle. It was carved by Louie Zakariasen, John Sailor, Lorraine Clark, Joe Warneke and Dave Headla. The covered wagon was donated to the Chanhassen Library at 7711 Kerber Boulevard.

Wooden Quilt

The wooden quilt is a composite of twenty-two 12"x12" and 12"x24" relief carvings showing many scenes important in Carver County history including old buildings, maple leaves and the Arboretum symbol. The wooden quilt was donated to the Chanhassen Library and is on display above the fireplace.

Display cases in the Senior Center present the works of our members. Displays change every few weeks to provide a variety of carving and wood carver styles.

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