The Rise of Wood Chainsaw Display Statues
The art of chainsaw carving is a form of art that combines the modern technology of the chainsaw with the ancient art of woodcarving. The first chainsaw carving dates back to the early 1950s, but they are rapidly becoming more and more popular, to the point where annual competitions held for wood carvers.
Wood chainsaw statues can be tailored to suit a variety of genres and occasions. If you venture over to Knowsley Safari Park, you will see 5 giant meerkat sculptures made of oak logs, and then across at Peckforton Castle, there is a 9ft Knight made of oak guarding the castle grounds. Over in Sale, in the grounds of St. Paul’s, there is a life size chainsaw statue of Saint Paul, then down the road in Tatton Park, there are sculptures of two sheep, a sheep dog, a large sow and her four piglets outside Home Farm.
Some of the sculptures are done in order to preserve the tree stump of a dying or unsafe tree. For example, in Delamere Forest, Cheshire, there used to stand the “Wishing Tree” where children used to visit to pin their Christmas wishes. Unfortunately, the tree had to be cut down, so instead they have created a friendly, green man face in the stump. Similarly in Alexandra Park in Stockport, a 6 foot tall beech had to be taken down due to the dangerous condition it was in and the stump was transformed into a sculpture of a Tawny Owl, a baby owl in a nest, a fox, a squirrel, a rabbit and a snail. hide and seek, but I eventually found them, the squirrel hiding in a field and the badger concealed along on of the pathways. The detail involved was amazing, unfortunately, Mr Badger has sustained some damage but I was still able to photograph his good side.
I googled “How to do chainsaw carving” and found some interesting reads. There were lots of websites with different instructions, hints, patterns, different courses and video tutorials. They all had a similar message, that wood carving is not as hard as it looks! Not sure I am quite up to the challenge yet as I am renowned for my clumsiness, however, I think it is such a lovely way of recycling left over wood from trees and tree stumps and it really does allow for creativity as literally any design can be carved. There is an interesting video on YouTube of a man carving a bear out of a piece of wood in just 10 minutes, which is well worth a watch (link provided below)! All in all I have found it fascinating researching this topic and do genuinely believe chainsaw carving is a form of art and that the possibilities are endless!
The chainsaw display statues I have written about and photographed in my blog were all designed and carved by the extremely talented Tim Burgess – http://www.thetimburgess.com/
Thanks for reading.