Woodcarving studio opens in Snoqualmie

Found along the lawn outside and dispersed throughout the inside of the cornflower yellow house with the bright red door along Railroad Avenue are a slew of wood carvings.

They were created compliments of chain saw carving techniques and the artists who wield these heavy tools with finesse.

After a few months without the Valley business that used greet drivers along Railroad Avenue in Snoqualmie (Kenny's Northwest Experience closed its Snoqualmie location earlier this year), chain saw art is back in the public eye with the recent opening of The Snoqualmie Chain Saw Carvers Depot.

Owner Sig Jones, who used to work at Kenny's, signed the lease on March 15 to set up shop in the converted 1928 house and on its surrounding property that used to be a veterinary clinic.

Jones has three additional partners who are also carvers, Donna Genovese, Dan Martinez and Rick Rehm.

"All the [carvers] wanted to stay in the Valley," said Jones, who has prior business experience in real estate and property management. "They all live here. Snoqualmie is where we sold our stuff. It's a part of the Valley."

The goal of the shop is to look like a depot, Jones said, noting that the idea is to play up the location's close proximity to the Snoqualmie Train Depot, which recently began running its trains again.

"It's a really super location and a cute house," Jones said.

The artists provide their products to the store by consignment, so they set the prices and the store gets a percentage of the sale.

"We just want to have their art shown and I know their art sells," Jones said.

Self-taught carver Mark Herrington is one of the local artists who previously sold their work at Kenny's. Herrington was looking for another venue so he could continue selling his work in the Valley.

"It's great," he said about the new store.

Along with the carvings that include bears (some holding "welcome" and "no smoking" signs), fish and other Northwest themes, there is also photography, knick knacks and other art available.

The shop is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with hours extending a bit later on the weekends, though Jones was not sure yet how late.

The shop will also offer a chain saw carving exhibition and a one-day chain saw carving group class for about $500.

The Snoqualmie Chain Saw Carvers Depot is located at 9055 Railroad Ave.S.E. across from the Sno Falls Credit Union. For more information, call (425) 831-7224.

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