The well-known carver is Otto Blattler
Quite a few people recognized Otto as the carver. He is a friend to many.
Every time I visit Dawson City, it is a must to see him. I enjoy our visits.
The following letters shed light on Otto:
The photo on page 5 in the January 22 edition is of Otto Blattler.
He is still living in Dawson City. I have one of his carvings that I received as a wedding gift.
Jim, I am sure you realize that the photo in the Jan 22nd issue is of Otto Blattler from Dawson City.
When I first moved to Dawson in the early 1970s, Otto was the garbage collector. You could almost set your clock to how efficient he was in collecting your garbage and he always had a ready smile when greeted.
To the best of my knowledge he still lives in Dawson, although he lost Pia, his equally friendly wife, several years ago.
Otto’s carving is known all over the country. We own one of his gnome plaque carvings given as a wedding gift, and we purchased another small carving to keep it company around the same time.
He uses Diamond Willow for his carvings and the work is well sought after.
If my memory serves me, former Northern Affairs minister Warren Almond ordered a Walking Stick from Otto, having heard the descriptions of this very talented carver.