Having a one of a kind wood carving is fantastic and the possibilities of what can be sculpted are endless. There are factors that will determine how much they cost and Carve Me A Bear! Chainsaw Carvings offer some insight below.
What Determines the Price of a Sculpture?
The biggest factor in how much a sculpture will cost is the size of the sculpture. The height and diameter of the log will determine what can be done with it. If work needs to be done on scaffolding, it will increase the cost. A bear as a single subject will cost less than an elaborate and detailed scene, while one bear standing up would cost less than a bear on all fours. An eagle in flight or flying with a rodent in its claws will cost more than an eagle perched on a log. As the difficulty of a sculpture increases, so will the cost. Costs of sculptures will vary from one carver to the next.
How Much to Chainsaw Carve a Sculpture into a Tree Trunk Stump
Carvers can even come to you. The cost will depend on size, detail and subject matter. If you can take a picture and send it to the carver along with the idea you have and budget you have in mind, it will help with an initial consultation. The health of the tree will need to be looked at and where the tree will need to be cut to leave enough for the sculpture. Other costs associated with onsite sculpting will include mileage, bark removal, scaffolding clean up, disposal etc. The length of time it takes to complete, travel time and lodging will also be calculated into the final cost. If hollow spots are found in trees, repairs might be needed and insect issues and rot issues will need to be dealt with.
How to Get Rid of Tree Rot in Order to Chainsaw Carve the Stump
If the tree has rot that needs to be taken care of, it will affect the cost. Removing rot is important to keep the rest of the tree or log from rotting over time and will also help prevent cracking. There are different ways to do it.
1. The rot can be drilled out.
2. The rot can be chiseled out and then the hole smoothed.
3. An attempt to stabilize the rot can be made. This is done by flooding the area with epoxy and allowing it to penetrate all the way through the piece.
4. Drill through the thickness and use a long blade to cut the center out.
5. You can even try to burn the rot out but you’ll need to be very careful not to damage the healthy wood.