Guide to Carving for Beginners; Types of Wood, Chainsaw, Protective Gear & More

Throughout human history, sculptures have created works of art through a variety of methods and wood carving has been the most dominating method among them. Wood carving is one of the earliest methods of sculpting and has been around since man first walked the earth. As the centuries developed new technological advances started shaping new techniques and methods; eventually wood carving can be done a number of ways including using a chainsaw. Chainsaw wood carving can be a fun hobby for many with the right tools, patience, and creativity. Chainsaw carvings range from furnishings to ornaments to different sculptures and figurines. Today we at Carve Me A Bear! Chainsaw Carvings would like to offer some tips and advice for the beginner chainsaw carving artisan.

Chainsaw Carving Tutorial

Protective Gear: The chainsaw is a sharp and powerful machine that can chop through many materials and if it accidentally hits you, you can sustain serious injuries. When operating the chainsaw, it is important to wear the right safety gear. To protect your legs, invest and always use chainsaw chaps and other personal protective equipment such as protective googles, ear protection, steel toe shoes, thick gloves, and even a helmet.
Timber/Wood: Wood is classified into two types; softwood and hardwood. Both types have distinctive features along with pros and cons. Make sure you have the proper type for the design you are trying to achieve. Reclaimed wood is ideal for people who do not want to negatively impact the environment.
Wood Coating: Wood carvings must be protected; without adequate protection wood will not withstand time. The details can be smoothed out with sandpaper. After detailing your creation, it is essential t apply a coating, sealant, treatment, linseed, or another oil to your carvings. Depending on its final location as well as personal taste will dictate which treatment and finishing material you need. Any sculpture outside should be treated frequently to preserve it. There are many options to choose from that will help you sculpture against environmental damage, you just got to sift through the products to find which is your cup of tea.
Sketching and Pattern Tools: To get started with the correct proportions, beginner carvers can use sketches and patterns. Avoid rushing through your project because where some minor mistakes can be remedies, others will be permanent. Your patience plays a role and it can be what makes your carving phenomenal and which end up discarded. Helping you avoid mishaps will be better done with the aid of your sketches. Additionally, you can lightly sketch your ideas on to the wood directly with chalk or pencil as you go. You can avert permanent mistakes and improve your precision. Use the tip of the chainsaw on the outermost surface of the timber as an alternative to the rough design.
Chainsaw: Using almost all chainsaw types and models can create chainsaw carvings. A smaller saw and grinder are important during the detailing process and the larger chainsaw can initially be beneficial to clean out the large chunks. Most carvers prefer the fueled powered models, but both electric and gas chainsaws are available according to preference. Avoid chainsaws that feel too heavy or too big for handling and look into one that can be easily used and manipulated

Chainsaw Carvings & More in Las Vegas, Nevada & Helena, Montana

If you are interested in taking chainsaw carving classes with Clark the Carver, who has over 30 years of experience crafting, give us a call and we will help you get started. If you would prefer to purchase a chainsaw carving Clark has made, contact us to view our inventory or place a custom order today!