Meet Rich Pethtel, Wood Carver and Creator of Lincoln Statue, Houghton, Michigan

B. Nash with Rich Pethtel

B. Nash with Rich Pethtel

Lincoln carving by Rich Pethtel

Lincoln carving by Rich Pethtel



It was one of those moments of inspiration. I was in Houghton, Michigan and drove by a sign on the side of the road that said: “CHAINSAW CARVINGS.” I thought to myself: “I wonder if the wood carver could and would make me an Abraham Lincoln statue?” Well, only one way to find out! I drove into the business and met Rich Pethtel. He was a friendly guy. His wood carvings of bears and such were placed about the area. Most impressive! So I popped the question. He immediately stated he’d never done a Lincoln before but was quite sure he could! In fact, within just a few moments he said he already had the carving fixed in his mind. Shades of Mozart! I loaned him a Civil War book. It had a couple pictures of Lincoln in it. “Are you sure you can do this?”, I asked. “Oh yea, I can do it.” Well, just a few hours later and there was a call to my cell phone: “I’m done with Lincoln. I think you’re going to like it!”

I was scared, frankly. I couldn’t believe he could possibly do it. But there it was!
I was so pleased!! It’s a treasure and, as far as I’m concerned, a family heirloom. Rich did it!
If you’re interested in his work give him a call at 906-483-0036. Great job Rich.
Lincoln front-view

Lincoln front-view

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5 Responses to “Meet Rich Pethtel, Wood Carver and Creator of Lincoln Statue, Houghton, Michigan”

  1. dennis gilstorff says:

    I have a eagle I bought about 8 yrs ago from the same artist truly a work of art

  2. B. Nash says:

    I’m sure he could carve out Obama too.

  3. mark pethtel says:

    how patriotic. what about obama?

  4. Dave Wiegers says:

    iBill, I can add nothing on this statue story.

  5. Geoffrey says:

    He did a nice job!

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