As an art form chainsaw carving has evolved throughout the years, just like the actual saws that now have special guide bars and chains. Carvers normally use bars with particularly small noses to be able to shape their pieces with greater precision, and to increase accuracy even further the chain teeth have been noticeably reduced. Another important difference, compared to regular chainsaws, is that these models are not as prone to “kickback” when using the tip of the bar. However, with that said, there are several basic things you can create with your regular chainsaw. So, to give a hint of the wonderful world of chainsaw carving, here are two great beginner projects. Enjoy!
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 – and you are done!
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