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A quick guide to chainsaw carving

The noble and fast-growing art of chainsaw carving dates back to the ancient art of woodcarving, modernised during the 1950’s by the first chainsaw artists.

The chair

Teddy bear
  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!
Chainsaw Carving Guide - Chair 1 (Next Web Crop)
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Chainsaw Carving Guide - Chair 2 (Next Web Crop)
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The bookshelf

Book shelves
  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!
Chainsaw Carving Guide - Shelf 1 (Next Web Crop)
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Chainsaw Carving Guide - Shelf 2 (Next Web Crop)
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