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I am a “full service” woodsculptor. There are many other artists more gifted than I am whose talents regularly humble me, but I have met relatively few who are able to think as creatively as I seem to be able to or who can carve as fluently across as broad a field of subjects or styles as I can. I have no particular ambition to climb up on any pedestal about this or claim any credit for the talent I have, but I do enjoy expressing it as opportunity arises. I discovered “chainsaw” carving some years ago and found that the shear size of the works and the aggressiveness of the activity of the artform can be very satisfying and relaxing. It is a very bold sort of sculpture compared to the refined carving of traditional gouge carving, and a chainsaw can burn off a lot of stress in a very short time.
There is a great beauty in trees, not only as they grow tall and green, but as they are responsibly used. And they should be responsibly used. As much as is possible I try to work in storm felled timber, sensibly harvested logs, or reclaimed woods such as old barn beams or salvaged logs from 19th century timbering and recovered from river and lake bottoms. It is becoming more and more difficult and increasingly expensive to find quality carving woods. The majority of woods being grown on plantations are not of a quality or of a beauty that is worth carving anything of value from. Rain forest woods are becoming increasingly precious: Many are endangered and ought to be protected, not exploited. Finding fallen trees in the forest, or rescuing fine old specimens from the chipper as land is developed, or discovering sources for true “old growth” stock harvested a century or more ago, is the only real answer if we are going to continue to be able to enjoy the treasures of beauty that are hidden in our trees. There are alternative mediums such as HDU foams which can be sculpted much like wood and faux finished, and these are sometimes acceptable or even preferable, but nothing can substitute for the unique richness and warmth of wood for those who are satisfied with nothing less.
“OUR OFFERINGS ARE LIMITED ONLY BY YOUR IMAGINATION AND YOUR BUDGET”
Over the past twenty-five years “chainsaw” sculpture has become a recognized global artform. Sculptors of enormous talent have created monumental pieces that deserve the highest recognition and belong in museums. By releasing and delimiting the imagination, wildwood sculpture can be incorporated into all manner of both exterior and interior structural environments and decorative applications, and can add immeasurable visual interest and beauty to your home or place of business. I encourage you to be adventurous and creative. Explore the Web and see what the community of chainsaw artists around the world has accomplished, and then contact me if you would like to create something wonderful for yourself.