Wood Carving has a Deep Rooted History from the Beginning of Man
Chainsaw carving is a fantastic development that originated from wood carving in the earliest days of man. With little to no tools, wood carvings were performed with sharpened rocks to make items of necessity. Shaping wood with sharpened rocks and bones became a common practice and when technology improved and new carving tools were manufactured, the practice of wood carving grew to be more than just a necessity, but an art. The Egyptians used wood carving to create religious statues of their gods and carve symbols into structures. Many civilizations throughout history have used wood carving as a way of expression as well as functionality.
Inventor of the Chainsaw
A German prosthetic manufacturer named Bernard Heine invented an orthopedic surgical tool, making it easier for surgeons to cut through bone during surgery. This was a wonderful alternative to using a hammer, chisel or reciprocating saw. Mr. Heine orthopedic tool required the turning of a handle of a sprocket wheel which moved a chain around a guiding blade, thus creating the very first chainsaw. Many people are often surprised that the very first chainsaw was in fact invented for medical purposes rather than for the forestry business.
The Modern Chainsaw Paved the way for Artistic Chainsaw Carvings
It wasn’t until 1926 that another German inventor, after many failed efforts by previous men, successfully built the first modern chainsaw that was used for cutting wood. Andreas Stihl designed the very first bucking chainsaw with an electric motor. Not only was this the first publicly accepted real chainsaw, but it was also the very first portable chainsaw. Many earlier inventions were large stationary machines that weighed hundreds of pounds and were impossible to transport. Mr. Stihl’s invention opened many doors for those who would use the chainsaw for artistic purposes.
The Earliest Chainsaw Carving Patterns date back to the 1950s
There is no way to know exactly where chainsaw carving began, but many believe when it was in the 1950s by a man named “Wild Mountain Man” Ray Murphy and another gentleman named Ken Kaiser. In 1953 a young Ray Murphy used a chainsaw to spell out his brother’s name in a piece of wood. Ray would later go on to use this type of technique to carve out names in wooden belt buckles worn by his customers. In 1961 Ken Kaiser carved 50 extraordinary pieces from gigantic redwood logs and panels that focused on the life of Paul Bunyan.
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