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The Radium Woodcarver

On entering Radium Hot Springs from Kootenay National Park, you will immediately notice a number of life-sized wood carvings on the roadside. This is the studio of local artist Rolf Heer who carves from stumps, driftwood or any other kind of unique wood found in the area.


Rolf’s eccentric appearance may fool many into believing he is something he is not. He is a mountain man with a love for nature and art. Many of his sculptures are done by a unique carving tool – the Chainsaw!

Rolf’s pet goats live on the roof of his house and Craft Shop. Complete with all the amenities, their own “goat chalet”, a green meadow, all a goat’s heart desires, Rolf’s roof provides it all.

He lives and does much of his artwork in Radium where he is as well known for his chainsaw sculptures as he is for his unique multi-coloured hair and style of dress.

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