A crowd fundraiser has been launched for Cariboo carver Ken Sheen who lost his wood shop in a fire Friday, April 16.
“Ken and Lorraine are taking it in stride, but Ken’s entire livelihood is gone – all his tools, his art and his shop. Even the dog kennel and proceeds of the fall hunting are crisp,” Sheen’s neighbour Robert Kalman wrote in a Facebook post sharing the fundraiser.
A well-known master of chainsaw carving of wildlife, Sheen has carved many lifesized carvings of eagles, cougars, bears and other wildlife.
In Williams Lake there are several pieces carved by him including the mountain racer and bull rider, both located near the Y-intersection of Highway 97 and 20.
The wood shop at Cariboo Castle, between Williams Lake and Quesnel, was completely destroyed by fire Friday, April 16.
The house and store nearby were saved.
Traffic on Highway 97 is impacted north of Williams Lake due to a structural fire between Williams Lake and Quesnel.
Traffic is single lane alternating and emergency crews are on scene between Picard Road and Hill Road, 44 kilometres north of Wildwood.
Members of the McLeese Lake Volunteer Fire Department are on scene.
Drivers are asked to watch for traffic control.
DriveBC will give an update at 4:30 p.m.
More to come