Rob Peterson Carving

Wood Carving and Scrimshaw

About Us

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 eggs, 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 horn, and architectural renderings 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 artwork, 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.  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, a jockey on Herr Lane near Ballard High School, and a lamplighter on the green at St. James Court.  He has artwork on display in many other states too, from Texas to Minnesota to New Hampshire to Florida.  Rob has even carved “praying hands” and other works while in Honduras on church mission trips.  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.  With 475 carvings completed to date, you can rely on Rob for your next work of art to be one that you will treasure.  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).  They welcomed their beautiful granddaughter in December 2018.  Rob is retired from his home building and remodeling business, and just completed 8 years of service on Louisville’s Metro Planning Commission.  He is very active in church activities, is a Stephen Leader, and enjoys time with family and friends.

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