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I started carving decoys and birds in the mid 1980s in Edmonton, Alberta. It began as an after-work hobby and a fun activity on the weekends. It wasn’t until my wife and I moved to Victoria, BC in 1990 that I began to get serious about my carving as a retirement activity. Living on the west coast and next to the ocean gave me an opportunity to go whale watching and I started to carve primarily marine animals; Whales and Dolphins.

I have competed in many of the carving competitions across Western Canada and the US and have won 7 Best of Show ribbons. I have also won a first-place ribbon for a carving of two Gray Whales from the Ward Foundation World Carving Competition held each year in Ocean City, Maryland.

I have always kept track of the carvings I have done and all are numbered and signed. Carved from Basswood and mounted on Black Walnut, all my carvings are for sale.  I accept commissions and have taught numerous seminars at various locations in western Canada.



Dennis Drechsler

marine woodcarver

Tidewater Art Studio


marine woodcarvings


Dennis Drechsler

 - under construction October, 2023 -


©2022  #03677

Sea Turtles   #5/20

The Turtles are molded and cast in resin from an original carving. The wave is wood and mounted on a Black Walnut base.

Signed and numbered.

 2022  #04690

Male & Female Orcas

The two Orcas are carved from Basswood and mounted on an abstract wave shape that has been carved from Black Walnut.

Signed and numbered.

©2005  #07453

Humpback Whale Tail

The whale tail and the waves are carved from Basswood. The base is Black Walnut.

Signed and numbered.