Synopses & Reviews
Excitement, danger, and beauty are just three of the essential elements of chainsaw carving. This creative woodcarving method is capturing the attention of a growing number of artists and enthusiasts. International chainsaw competitions and performances, attended by large crowds, are helping to promote chainsaw carving as a highly respected art form that resides in a class by itself.
Award-winning chainsaw sculptor Jessie Groeschen takes an insiders look at the people whose talents, styles, and personalities make chainsaw carving so fascinating. With new artist profiles and colorful new photographs, this is the story of the fearless men and women who are carving out a contemporary art form for all to enjoy.
Art of Chainsaw Carving presents the diversity and achievements of this stylish art, from its early pioneers to today's innovative urban wood recovery projects. Readers will also find step-by-step instructions on how to carve a beautiful Sun, Moon, Bear Chair. Demonstrated by the author, this project reveals the fascinating process of using a chainsaw to unlock the raw and natural beauty of wood.
“If you have ever doubted that Chainsaw Carving is a legitimate art form, this book is sure to convince you otherwise”
—The Australian Woodworker
“Inspirational and eye-opening with regard to the numerous ways of making art with a chainsaw”
—Karen Tiede Studio
“A wonderful glimpse into a specialized form of woodworking”
—Barb Siddiqui, WoodCentral
This is a very upbeat book, revealing Groeshcen's love of the craft, and tells the individual sculptors' backgrounds, how they came into carving, and how they developed it into a career when the each 'turned a corner.'
With an overview of chainsaw carving, detailing its advent and growth in the United States, this guide covers the early pioneers from the 1950s through the 1970s and profiles 15 of today's most accomplished chainsaw artists and their most famous pieces. Featuring work commissioned for museums, malls, businesses, and backyards, this book also discusses the diversity, achievements, and future of this stylish art. Also included is an easy-to-follow, step-by-step chapter instructing readers on how to carve their own chair with a chainsaw.
Offering an insider's look at chainsaw carving, this book profiles today's most accomplished chainsaw artists and their most innovative creations. Includes illustrated step-by-step instructions for carving a beautiful Sun, Moon, Bear chair.
Meet Some of the World's Finest Chainsaw Artists Since the 1960s, carving with a chainsaw has captured the attentionof artists and enthusiasts because of its intriguing combination of excitement, danger, and beauty. Today, due to the increasing number of competitions and performances and a rapidly growing community of talented artists participating in the craft, chainsaw carving has emerged as a highly respected art form that resides in a class by itself. In Art of Chainsaw Carving, noted chainsaw sculptor Jessie Groeschen presents an insider's look at the major artists, both past and present, whose unique and pioneering talents, artistic styles, and personalities make this art form so fascinating. In addition, you'll find an informative step-by-step chapter on how to carve a beautiful Sun, Moon, Bear chair. Demonstratedby the author herself, the project reveals the fascinating process f using a chainsaw to unlock the raw and natural beauty of wood.
About the Author
Grace, beauty and humor inspire woodcarver Jessie Groeschen. Jessie infuses soul into wood as she carves imaginative and unusual forms with her chainsaw. She describes her work as "a dance - just me and the log and the chainsaw, right here, right now." Jessie Groeschen's home is the Pacific Northwest where she works with western red cedar. She describes this wood as "spirited - soft and a pleasure to work". In the redwood forests of Northern California she finds inspiration for her carvings. She calls it "her duty" to take a fallen log, and old stump, or a root end and breathe new life into it - to recycle it into something new. Jessie Groeschen is the creator of The Cutting Edge newsletter for the Cascade Chainsaw Sculptors Guild. Jessie has written articles for Chip Chats and Woodcarving UK. Jessie is a chainsaw competitor, taking first place with her Lotus Flower with Leaf in the premier Women in Art Chainsaw Series. She was the first foreigner to compete at the Japanese Chainsaw Carving Championships where she carved, Three Stages of the Rose. At the English Open Chainsaw Carving Competition in 2004, Jessie carved Tree of Life, a piece inspired by Celtic tree spirits that featured 100 blossoms.
Table of Contents
About the Author vi A Note from the author x Introduction 1 The History and Evolution of Chainsaw Carving 2 Part One: The Early Artists 6 Ray Murphy 8 Kenyon Kaiser 6 Mike McVay 22 Lois Hollingsworth 28 Susan Miller 34 Don Colp 42 Judy McVay 46 Brenda Hubbard 52 Part Two: The Contemporary Artists 56 J. Chester Armstrong 58 R.L. Blair 66 Edith Croft 72 Glenn Greensides 76 A.J. Lutter 82 Pat McVay 88 Steve Blanchard 96 Ben Risney 102 Dennis Roghair 108 Brian J Ruth 116 Part Three: Chainsaw Power Carving a Chair Step-by-Step 122 Gallery of Chainsaw Carved Chairs 134 Part Four: Chainsaw Carving Events, Yesterday and today 136 Directory 148