Whale Plaques

Sincerely enamored with nature, Wendy Lichtensteiger has been documenting its offerings since her childhood on Erskine Lake, NJ.  By direct observation and through photographs, sketches, and natural found objects, Wendy has developed a deep respect for the mysterious wonders of plants and animals and the integrated relationship they maintain.

After studying Studio Art at Arizona State University and moving back to the east coast to help open the Wooden Feather Folk Art Gallery, Wendy underwent a 5 year apprenticeship with her father Lance, himself a woodcarver of over 35 years.   Having honed her woodcarving skills on the Jersey shore, she has built a woodshop of her own in the wooded mountains of Vermont.

In 2012, friend and sculptor Wick Ahrens called upon Wendy to assist him with his carving as his health began to fail.   Wick is a renowned whale sculptor who was mentored by artist and whale carver Clark Voorhees.   With 12 years of carving under her belt, Wendy quickly stepped up and aided Wick in the creation of his wall plaques and his one of a kind museum pieces.  When Wick officially retired, he asked Wendy to keep up the tradition of the whales in Vermont.