Chainsaw-carving artist Hunter Pedane puts his skills to work on a tree in East Morris. BZ photos

When the COVID-19 pandemic struck last year and put Hunter Pedane’s career as a cinematographer on hold, he picked up is chainsaw and embarked on a new way to make a living.

The Litchfield High School graduate was always handy with a chainsaw, so the progression to chainsaw-carving artist was a natural. His interest stemmed from the carving he did on the trunk of a large spruce tree that fell in his yard in 2019. He turned the trunk into a work of art, giving him confidence that he’d found a new vocation to complement his work in cinematography.

Pedane’s business is named Telecarve LLC and his first large project is nearing completion at the Watertown Road home of John Murray in East Morris.

“I give new life to trees that otherwise would be cut down and chipped,” Pedane said. “Every tree has its own spirit and as I reveal it lets me know what I have to do.”

Pedane has been creating sculptures from what was left of the six trees – maples and spruce – Murray had taken down last fall. Murray learned of Pedane’s new business, saw images of his work and decided to hire him to sculpt the trunks of the trees after their tops were cut down.

With the sculptures clearly visible from Watertown Road, Murray’s property has become a bit of a tourist attraction. Motorists slow down to catch a glimpse of the trees or pull in to chat with Pedane about his work.

Pedane has spent many hours on each tree, carving them until he achieves the look he desires. The final sculptures are being coated with urethane to protect them against the elements and maintain the wood’s color.

For more information about Pedane and his business, go to telecarve.com.

Below, Hunter Pedane and his sculptures in East Morris.