Stolen carving returned to Duncan home

A valuable carved horse head has been returned to its home on Drinkwater Road.

A valuable carved horse head has been returned to its home on Drinkwater Road.

Tyler Cochrane, a professional chainsaw woodcarver who owns Great West Chainsaw Carvings, said he woke up early in the morning on June 27 to find his prized one-of-a-kind horse head carving returned to his front yard.

The carving, plus four small bear carvings, were stolen from the front yard early in the morning on June 10 by two culprits driving a Honda hatchback.

Cochrane said he was told who the main thief was by contacts in the community, so he sent him a message on Facebook and met him in person the night before the horse head was returned.

Cochrane told him he wouldn’t press charges or publicly identify him if the horse head carving was returned.

“I didn’t get back the bears, but the horse head is far more valuable to me. I expect I’ll make about $1,200 selling the carving, and the sale of those four bear carvings would have been worth about $1,400, so I see it as almost breaking even.”

Cochrane said he typically had a number of his carvings on display in his front yard 24 hours a day, seven days a week, as a way of attracting potential buyers.

“I’ve made a habit of taking them in at night now,” he said. “I’d like to thank everyone who helped us get this carving returned.”