If you have ever wondered about the art of chainsaw carving, Carve Me A Bear! Chainsaw Carvings has the details on what it takes to go from a natural reclaimed piece of wood to a beautiful finished piece of art. Chainsaw art is not a skill that most people pick up as a hobby, but there are a few like Clark the Carver that have realized it was their passion and ran with this skill to build pieces of art everyone can enjoy. Chainsaw carving is a skill that is honed over years of practice using specialized and modified tools and perfected techniques.
Carve Me A Bear! Chainsaw Carvings outlines the process that it takes to get a piece of natural unclaimed wood to a finished carving!
Choose the wood carving project and piece of wood: Clark the Carver either comes across a piece of wood and sees the final design in it or he decides on the next project he wants to carve first. This can be any depiction that he can dream of like a bear, owl, bench, totem or any other animal or shape. Once he knows what he is going to carve, the hunt is on for the perfect piece of wood; sized and shaped just right for the project. One type of wood that Carve Me A Bear! Chainsaw Carving artist Clark the Carver prefers to work with is redwood. He also uses a lot of ponderosa and cotton wood. Clark NEVER cuts down trees. He gets all his wood reclaimed from tree removal services or harvests the lumber from downed wood due to storm damage.
Chainsaws and Other Wood Carving & Finishing Tools: The next step in the process is where Clark starts up the chainsaw and begins to carve away. Clark has a skillful eye and steady hand to see where to cut and how much to get the desired shape he wants. One wrong cut can leave the piece unusable and not looking anything like you thought it would. Like many professional chainsaw artists, Clark doesn’t use a standard chainsaw but has several different modified chainsaws to get the right cut and texture to make the finished piece look great. Clark also uses smaller tools to chip away small bits and pieces of wood that the chainsaw may have missed.
Cleaning Up, Sanding, Burning, Varnishing & Painting the Wood Carving: After the main chainsaw carving is completed the piece needs to be cleaned up and prepared for painting and Varnishing. This includes smoothing out any small areas, sanding and cleaning off the excess dust and debris. Clark will either burn the piece of art to create contrast, texture and interest or he may paint it to recreate the beautiful colors of nature.
Sealing and Finishing the Chainsaw Art: Once the chainsaw wood carving has been cleaned and burned or painted, it is ready to be sealed. Clark uses the sealant of his choice which is a quality wood varnish and clear coat to protect and seal the piece from any possible inclement weather and to enhance the natural rich colors of the wood.