In the 1980’s the art form got its first big breakthrough during the Lumberjack World Championships in Hayward, Wisconsin – and some years later, in 1987, the first Chainsaw Carving World Championships were arranged. The general impression is most often that this is a form of performance art because of the noise, dust and quick end-result. But, today there are in fact numerous chainsaw carvers around the world that produce truly stunning works of art.
As an art form, chainsaw carving has evolved throughout the years, just like the actual saws that now have special guide bars and chains. Professional carvers normally use bars with particularly small noses to be able to shape their pieces with greater precision. Here are some basic carvings you can create with your Husqvarna chainsaw.
1. Start by deciding the height of the chair. This is determined by where the two initial leaning cuts meet.
2. Make the corresponding cuts at a 90 degree angle compared to the first ones. This sets the thickness of the legs.
3. Cut straight down on all sides in order to clear the bark off the legs.
4. Flip the chair over and make a tilted incision to get the desired backrest angle. Make sure to leave enough space at the bottom for the seat.
5. The final cut: Lay the chair down on the side and cut straight in, aim precisely for the previous cut – and you are done!
1. Start by cutting your log into four tall “pie slices”.
2. Make an incision in the middle of the log with the same technique that you would use to fell a tree: One cut straight in from the side and the other slightly tilted from the top down.
The lower shelf is made by two simple cuts from the side, determining the shelf depth, and one final incision to remove the inside part.
3. Make a couple of notches in the top of the log.
4. Use a chisel, or a similar tool, to chip out the remaining wood