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Hidden Talents: Dustin Oie

Dustin Oie (9 of 9)PEOPLE NORMALLY KNOW ME AS…
I’m a tree worker. I’ve been self-employed ever since late 2007, when I got my contractor’s license and started DCO Tree Care.

BUT WHAT THEY DON’T KNOW IS THAT I…
Make chainsaw wood carvings of bears. I’ve done other stuff, but everybody likes the bears.

I GOT STARTED WITH MY HIDDEN TALENT WHEN…
It’s a little side thing that I started doing about five years ago. I’m always cutting down redwood and cedar, so I have the wood to work with. I’ve got a couple of buddies that do it, and it just started out as a hobby for me.

They weren’t that great to start with. Some looked like pigs or dogs. Now I’ve been selling quite a few of them.

AND SOMEDAY I HOPE TO…
I’m 37 now. Since I graduated high school, I’ve been doing tree work. I’d like to get good enough I could do this professionally, travelling to fairs and home and garden shows.

I ALSO ENJOY…
I have a 16-year-old son. We hang out a lot. We go on trips just to get out of the area.

GET STARTED BY…
There’re a lot of safety issues with chainsaws. You probably want to take a course on chainsaw use, then just go at it. There are some good videos about woodcarving on the internet.

TO PURCHASE OIE’S WORKS, visit bearlymakinit.jimdo.com or call 209-918-6801

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