The Two RV Gypsies: Full-Time RVers

explored a very unique house of Rolf Heer the Woodcarver
(as seen on the Travel Channel)
August 29, 2009 photos
(Please read all the way to the bottom of this page as a tribute to Rolf Heer)

Radium Hot Springs, informally and commonly called Radium, is a village of 1,339 residents in the East Kootenay region of British Columbia. The village is named for the hot springs in the nearby Kootenay National Park. From Banff, Alberta, it is accessible via Highway 93.

On entering Radium Hot Springs from Kootenay National Park, the two RV Gypsies immediately noticed a number of life-sized wood carvings on the roadside. The house was located across the street from the restaurant the two RV Gypsies mentioned on the previous page of this website. Plus it was the studio of local artist Rolf Heer who spent years carving from stumps, driftwood or any other kind of unique wood found in the area. He will always be Radium's most colorful resident and artist, Rolf Heer.

The house shown below is located across the street from the restaurant shown on the previous page of this website.

ouside of house
Canadian flag on top of house
ouside of house
ouside of house
side of house
view of house
carvings on the outside of the house
carvings on the outside of the house
Because the outside of this house was so amazing, The two RV Gypsies paid $3 each to go INSIDE the house - although once inside, it still looked like they were outside because there was no roof.
Lee inside the house
looking up towards the ceiling - what ceiling
carvings
a carving closeup
Below: The two RV Gypsies had lot of fun "getting behind the amazing carvings."
Karen Duquette
Lee Duquette
Below: Many doors were quite intriguing - so Lee Duquette followed the written directions - (A short video is posted and can be reached using the TOC button above and choosing " Movies / Videos".) Viewers will enjoy laughing while watching the video. Lee often got sprayed with water when he opened doors. Now Karen Duquette wishes she took more photos instead of the videos.
the tired seat
Karen kissing a lonely bear

Below: The two RV Gypsies were amazed at the spectacular array of carvings, from the smallest to the largest. They all had their own distinct character. Rolf Heer's woodcarving has been seen by people around the world and he was featured on the popular TV series "Weird Homes" and on "The Travel Channel." The two RV Gypsies would not call his house weird, they call it amazingly unique.

carving
carving
poster of Rolf Heer - the house owner
poster of Rolf Heer - the house owner
Indian carving

About the woodcarver: 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, everything a goat's heart could desire. Rolf's roof provides it all. He is well known for his chainsaw sculptures and for his unique looks and style of dress. 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 (Although parts of the house did not even have a roof).. Complete with all the amenities, the goats have their own goat chalet, a green meadow, and everything 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 multicolored hair and style of dress.

the master and his house

sad news  face updated noticeRolf Heer, the woodcarver who built and resided in Radium's iconic Home of a Thousand Faces until it was destroyed by fire, died Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at age 66. Close friends were able to spend time with Heer during his last days.

But while Heer, and his home, may be gone, his legacy will live on in a public park and a local celebration. Heer was already suffering from terminal cancer when his home was destroyed in a November 2018 fire.
The house, located at the busy intersection of Highways 93 and 95, was a landmark in the B.C. mountain village and represented Heer's work for more than 40 years.

The towering wooden structure jutted out of the earth like a marooned ship, and was covered with faces, each one hand carved by Heer. There are Community plans to build a public park where his home once stood, in his memory with the help of a GoFundMe page.

animated butterflyThe two RV Gypsies feel blessed that they not only got to explore his unique house and but they also got to meet Rolf Heer, the man that lived here and did all these fabulous carvings. He had such a talent and a great sense of humor, and Karen Duquette actually had her photo taken with him, as shown below. The photo is blurry, but Karen will always treasure it.animated butterfly

Karen Duquette and Rolf Heer
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