Learning how to use a chainsaw

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Project by Rob W posted 04-30-2012 01:56 PM 3162 views 1 time favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my second foray into chainsaw carving. My neighbor needed an old maple tree taken down so I did what I could with it. I learned a lot but I see all of the mistakes when I look at it.

-- Rob — I've cut it off twice and it's still too short!,

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#1 posted 04-30-2012 02:20 PM

Looks good Just you as the carver see them and the buyer just see the it a good looking piece of art I know I did it for a long tome and I sold pieces that I would not of put in my yard lol but someone sad they looked good as for this piece it looks good to me ,don’t be so hard on your self .
Did you use a stranded bar or do you have a dime bar ? I had 5 saw’s that I work with .

-- Nimkee** Joe

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#2 posted 04-30-2012 02:50 PM

you would see them…LOL. To the rest of us, that’s just awesome ! I have a 7ft cedar “stump” I left in my front yard when we took the tree down, in hopes that some day I might carve a wizard out of it. Seems pretty basic compared to the work of art you created here. keep doing it; as Joe pointed out, there’s more people that will be awed than critical

-- I'm so busy I don't know if I found a rope or lost a horse...

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Mark A. DeCou

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#3 posted 04-30-2012 03:15 PM

I think it’s a grand Eagle! I’ve seen a lot of chainsaw carving over the years, always wanted to spend time at it myself, so I watch it at all the fairs, and such, and any time its on TV. I think this is one of the better eagles I’ve seen, and so I would recommend you keep going if you enjoy the heavy work required in this art form.

good job,

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#4 posted 04-30-2012 03:57 PM

LOL, just listen to your viewers. Looks good to us, very cool…...........Hope to do something so nice myself…........

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#5 posted 04-30-2012 04:28 PM

Damn! A step above wow! Like it! Mistake? What mistake? You planned that! That’s where the knowledge comes from.

How can you tell a carver with ADHD? He’s the one with 2 chainsaws in his hands!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 04-30-2012 05:18 PM

Looks great. Its funny how we can see every mistake, but no one else can unless you point them out and even then it can take some convincing to them that it was a mistake. What kind of finish did you use?

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Rob W

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#7 posted 04-30-2012 05:44 PM

Thanks for all the comments. I did get a dime tip and bar and it really helped with doing detail

-- Rob — I've cut it off twice and it's still too short!,

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#8 posted 04-30-2012 05:48 PM

And Rembrandt’s just learning to use a paintbrush! :) Truly outstanding work. I’m glad you went full bore with the scale. I love large pieces like this. I love it.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#9 posted 04-30-2012 06:59 PM

How I wish I could do a part of what you can. I am just getting some scroll sawing done. Looks great to me.

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#10 posted 04-30-2012 08:30 PM

A mistake is made when it isn’t as we intended it to be. There are no mistakes. the wood often has a mind of its own and it changes things for us. This is great work. People only dream of doing this kind of work. I have a regret. I have a friend that is now 95 years young and he was giving free lessons about 15 years ago. I felt like I didn’t have time. Now I look at the veins in the birds feathers where he has carved them and marvel. I should have made the time. Keep up the good work and train a younger person in the mean time. Thanks for posting.

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#11 posted 04-30-2012 09:06 PM

You are not learning anymore, you done learnt how! Natural talent is in you and practice a bit more is all you need! I’m way impressed with your Eagle! Keep posting your future works and don’t tell your “mistakes”, just say you made some design changes along the way.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#12 posted 04-30-2012 09:41 PM

Looks good from here, even with mistakes ;-)) I always wonderred what chain saws were for!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#13 posted 04-30-2012 10:38 PM

You are a natural carver – and a good one too!

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#14 posted 04-30-2012 10:59 PM

That’s Awesome, I see no mistakes just a beautiful carving.

P.S. please don’t point any mistakes out I will just argue with and tell your crazy, LOL

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#15 posted 05-01-2012 01:03 AM

That is one of the best chainsaw art pieces I have ever seen! I would love to have that in my house as it is way too nice to leave outside. You have some amazing talent. If it bothers you looking at all ‘your mistakes’, send it to me!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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