Working in residential construction since 1974, Rob developed an eye for design and form. A trip to Nantucket sparked his interest in scrimshaw and Rob discovered he had a talent for the maritime art form. Since 1990, Rob has carved many pieces of art and jewelry for gifts and for sale. Rob has done scrimshaw on bone, antler, horn, ivory, fossilized mastodon, ostrich egg, and tagua nuts. His scrimshaw art includes necklaces, earrings, rings, money clips, card boxes, belt buckles, and Nantucket basket purses. His display art pieces include eagles carved out of moose antler, pioneer scenes etched on oxen horns, and architectural rendering s of homes on Corian countertop material. He is a juried artist in the Louisville Artisans Guild and received a second place award for his “Old World Globe”, a scrimshaw map on an antique ivory cue ball. If you have an interest, please contact Rob for ideas and a cost estimate.
A longtime collector of carvings and other art work, Rob recently discovered a new talent—chainsaw carving. Several tree stumps from the ice storm of 2009 were left for Rob to try out the art form he had observed on his travels and at trade shows here. During the summer of 2010, plans to entertain guests after his daughter’s wedding inspired him to transform these stumps into yard art. His first pieces were an eagle and a family of owls. He discovered he has a real passion for chainsaw carving! Since then, he has participated in several chainsaw carving and community festivals. Locally, you can see his carved fish in front of Middletown Christian Church and an eagle in the St. John Lutheran Church courtyard. He has art work on display in many other states too, from Texas to Minnesota to New Hampshire to Florida. Rob has even carved “praying hands” while in Honduras on a church mission trip. Family and friends as well as buyers are delighted to have a unique carving to enjoy on display inside or outside their home or business. Please look at the pictures of the wide variety of pieces that Rob has produced so far. If you have an idea for a new carving, Rob is not afraid to try something new. He has an assortment of wood available for carving or he can use your tree or wood. Please contact Rob if you are interested in purchasing a carving, ordering a custom item, or having a carving done on site.
Rob has been married to wife, Sharon since 1975. They have two adult daughters, Marie and Julie (and her husband Mike). Rob is busy with his home building and remodeling business, is very active in church activities and enjoys time with family and friends. For information on home building and remodeling, please go to www.robpetersonbuilders.com .