You most probably would have witnessed an Ice carving competition, where a chainsaw artist cuts through blocks of ice with a chainsaw to create some of the most magnificent chain saw carvings possible.
Not only ice, chain saw carving can be achieved with wood as well.
A tree stump could well be turned into a basket, a bird, or even mum, dad, and two kids.
That’s the creativity of chainsaw artists that has no bounds.
It takes a lot of practice and loads of talent to become an expert at chain saw carving.
If you have the inclination to learn the skill you will probably be able to turn a log into just about anything you imagine in no time at all.
To learn chain saw carving takes more than just skill. Yes, the talent is essential, but you also need to be careful since chainsaws are relatively dangerous unless handled properly.
Chainsaw artists normally use different ones from what you normally use to trim branches in your yard. Smaller saws are used in order to make intricate cuts.
Chainsaw artists use the tip of the saw in chain saw carving, which is usually the cause of chainsaw kickback. The chain needs to be well lubricated in order to make fine cuts that are required for chain saw art. Many artists also change the chain during a project and use sharp chains.
The best way to practice chain saw carving is to use bigger logs and most importantly try to learn from a professional. Draw out the main shape of what you wish to carve. Maybe a chainsaw bear would be a good start. Leave a foot from the bottom for the base.
Use a sharp 16 to 24 inch blade and begin by making wedge cuts in a downward angle and then in a straight or upward angle in order to make the outline. You can then start carving the smaller chunks with a 12 inch saw.
To take layers offer and provide the finishing touch you can apply the blade lightly on the wood and rake it back and forth.
You never know, even your first chain saw carving can make the perfect gift. With experience you will be able to determine what type of wood you can best work with.
As a novice, you can try your hand on hardwoods like pine and softwoods like cedar. Then you can move on to creating chainsaw sculptures. Palm sanders, wood chisels, and wood rasps are handy tool to have.
Stihl Carving Chainsaws are ideal for wood carvers. These chainsaws are light, with low levels of vibration and perfect for precision carving.
The MS 192 C-E, Carving chainsaw features a specially developed carving chain that minimizes kickback and vibration. The track teeth are small for cutting radii and contours. This chainsaw weighs 3.3 kg and vibrations levels of 4.6 m/s². With a power output of 1.8 bhp, this chainsaw is a must of every chainsaw artist, which can be bought for around $300.
The Poulan Pro PP5020AV 50cc Gas Chainsaw With 20″ Bar is also popular among chainsaw artists, and its cuts like a pro. It features anti-vibration handle and primer bulb for easy starting.
It also has a superclean air filter system to provide long life to the air filter, and automatic oiler. The Poulan Pro weighs 15.8 pounds and is ships for $199.
Chain saw carving is fun. However, make sure to take all the safety precautions necessary. Practice hard, and one day you will be surprised at all you can do with a chainsaw.
Don’t do it alone. Fine an experienced artist to guide you. This will give you the chance to learn all the tips and trick of chain saw carving.