Clark the Carver has an astounding reputation to the Las Vegas, Nevada locals and folks in Helena, Montana for his talents carving a wide range of sculptures with a hunk of raw wood and his trusty chainsaws. For over 30 years Clark the Carver of Carve Me A Bear! Chainsaw Carvings has been at his craft to provide people with their favorite animals, totems, furnishings, and so much more. We have many prepared carvings or Clark the Carver can custom your carving to your specifications.
Whittle the Wood Rendezvous Chainsaw Carving Competition
With so much experience and such a large customer and fan base, Clark the Carver in honored to be invited to participate in a premier event featuring a chainsaw carving competition in Craig, Colorado. The event is the annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous. Clark was there this year to support his fellow chainsaw carvers and be inspired by their carvings. Next year, Clark will have but four days to complete a masterpiece from a tree trunk. Spectators will watch him perform his talents and skills and enjoy a fun and eventful weekend with music, food, awards, and other festival events. With many other artists joining in, it certainly will be a beauty to behold. (http://visitmoffatcounty.com/signature-events/whittle-wood-rendezvous)
History of Chainsaw Carvers
Though Clark the Carver of Carve Me A Bear! Chainsaw Carvings has been at it for over 30 years, the art of chainsaw carvings has a longer history than just that. In the 1830’s the first idea of the chainsaw came into play even though it was first engineered to be a surgical tool. As the years progressed, so did the chainsaw. Starting from a two man operating system to a single man operating machine, the chainsaw has constantly improved. By 1947 the chain had been fashioned for more efficiency. Later the bar designed for carving came into play, commonly referred to as the quarter-tip.
Chainsaw Art Sculpting Began in the 1950s
Chainsaw carvings do not have any real known exact history on the first to pioneer the chainsaw carvings. What started as a hobby, much like whittling with a knife, had become a popular art form. However, it has been documented in books regarding Ray Murphy and Ken Kaiser early chainsaw art dating back to the 1950’s. By the 1960’s through the 70’s more people seemed to be drawn to experimenting with designing carvings with the use of a chainsaw. Many talented and gifted artists emerged and became well known for their artistic contributions. By the 1980’s the craft of chainsaw carvings was fairly established, books and instruction workshops developed for the beginners and masters alike. Many folks would display their sculptures in traveling galleries, set up quick shops on populated roadsides to catch the motorist’s eye, and hold performances in county fairs and carnivals, sell their art in malls, and then the competitions were born.
Custom Chainsaw Carvings in Las Vegas Nevada & Helena Montana
By the 90’s chainsaw carving would become an accepted expression of art and contests and competitions have been included in many events, with such intrigue whether from the artist hand or the adoring fans, chainsaw carving competitions are spreading like wildfire for good times and to test skills and creativity. Craig, Colorado Whittle the Wood Rendezvous is a premiere competition to house many gifted and talented chainsaw carvings and Carve Me A Bear! Chainsaw Carvings is pleased to see Clark the Carver engage in this activity next year to show off his talents and skills.