Uniontown wood carver continues to branch out
A Uniontown man's wood carvings are on display for a second time at the Fayette County Law Library for the November Artist of the Month.
Pete Pasqua has been carving different faces and shapes into wood for more than 10 years, something that started as an enjoyable activity and hobby but has recently grown into doing commissioned work and selling items at art festivals and shows.
“It helps offset the cost of everything,” said Pasqua, a retired communications and systems analyst.
His items on display at the law library includes a walking stick, desk clocks, a wooden bust of former Uniontown doctor Owen Nelson, Christmas ornaments, engravings in wood and his newest venture and best sellers, candle holders made out of hollowed tree branches.
“I was at an arts and crafts show, and this woman was selling the daylight out of these,” said Pasqua, who taught himself how to make the candle holders and started selling them himself. “Whatever reason, they really sell.”
But Pasqua's popularity in the local art world has had him at several shows and has even led him to be elected president of the Uniontown Art Club and to teaching a weekend class on how to carve and create walking sticks at the Touchstone Center for the Arts in Farmington.
He said the walking sticks are the second-most popular carvings he sells, but he still mainly enjoys carving as he studies up on different styles of carvings and continue to makes pieces just for himself in his own home that are not for sale or for display.
“This never started as a commercial venture,” Pasqua said, adding that he's not into doing quick carvings like someone would see a chainsaw artist do at a county fair. “I prefer to carve what I want and take as long as I want.”
Pasqua said his and other artists will have their creations on display at the annual holiday show for the Uniontown Art Club at the Uniontown Holiday Inn from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 6.
Many of the items on display at the law library are for sale.
For future projects, Pasqua said he would like to carve busts of historical figures from Fayette County such as Albert Gallatin.
To contact Pete Pasqua about his carvings, call 724-550-7119 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark Hofmann is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.
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