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Simple chainsaw carving

The fast-growing art of chainsaw carving is derived from the ancient art of wood carving. Modernized during the 1950s by the first chainsaw artists, the art form got its first big breakthrough during the Lumberjack World Championships in Hayward, Wisconsin in the 1980s. In 1987, the first Chainsaw Carving World Championships took place. Today, there are numerous chainsaw carvers around the world who produce wood sculptures of bears, eagles, hawks, horses, tables and benches.

Teddy bear

Main challenge: Steady hands

  • Time: 1 to 2 hours 
  • Effort: Low
  • Level: Amateur

The chair

1. Start by deciding on the height of the chair. This is determined by where the two initial leaning or v-shaped cuts meet. 

2. Make the corresponding cuts at a 90° 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. For the final cut, lay the chair down on its side and cut straight in, aim precisely for the previous cut. You are done!

Cutting when tension in fallen tree

The bookshelf

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 – and you are done!

carving bookshelf
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