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What type of wood can be used for chainsaw carvings?

What type of chainsaw can be used to make a chainsaw carving?

What other tools are needed to make these wood sculptures?

What kind of nut makes chainsaw carvings?

Are there women chainsaw carvers?

How to get blanks and INSTRUCTIONS for making your first chainsaw carving.

How do you send your questions and comments to the chainsaw carver?

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What type of wood can be used for chainsaw carvings?

Carved bears can be made out of any species of tree as long as the truck grows thick enough to hide a bear in it. I've made chainsaw bears as small as 6 inches across and 9 inches high. And many of us have seen carvings 12 feet tall or more.

Some chainsaw carvers use only seasoned (dry) wood. Others use fresh wood. In my neck of the woods carvings are made out of ponderosa pine, catalpa wood, douglas fir, pinion pine and cedar.

Even a log with a flaw can be used. Certain 'blemishes' can add character to a carving. A crack in the belly can make a bear look overfed. A little knot on the face can look like a mole or dimple, giving new personality to your bear.

Yes, carved bears have personalities! Ask a child to describe a certain bear carving and you'll hear words such as "mean" or "friendly". Some people like their bears to have a "good grouch on". Others want to hear their neighbors say, "Doesn't he have the friendliest face!"

Sometimes it's the shape of the log that makes the difference. If a log is accidentally cut too short, you'll get a short, squatty bear. If a log has an unusual bend in it, the bear may appear to be looking around a corner.

So basically, you can use almost any healthy log for chainsaw carving.

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What type of chainsaw can be used to make a chainsaw carving?

Gas-powered chainsaws are by far the best, but very unique carvings have been made with electric chainsaws, too. (More on that later.)

The important thing is to have a saw with a sharp chain that fits you right. You need a saw you can handle easily so you can concentrate on the progress of the carving and not on the saw itself.

There are special chainsaw bars, with pointed tips, sold with the chainsaw carver in mind, but they are not required to make good carvings.

The worst problem is having a saw that's too big or too heavy for you to handle. This would be excessively tiring and needlessly dangerous.

A good saw to start with is the bottom-of-the-line professional saw with a 14 inch bar.

An anti-kickback chain is a good investment. Talk to the man in your town who repairs chainsaws. He'll know which brands will cause you the least trouble.

So, what is the best saw? It's the one you already own -- if you can muscle it without too much effort. If you don't own a saw, but you want one to carve with, buy the best one you can afford.

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Mountain Man - 1 Chainsaw Carving

What other tools are needed to make these wood sculptures?

In addition to the chainsaw, you'll need is a 4-1/2 inch angle grinder with a sanding disk attachment. Use this to smooth the rough spots, add extra fur marks, and cut in the claws.

If you're going to make a small sign for your bear, you'll need a scroll saw or jig saw. You can burn in the letters with a wood burning tool. Or you can paint them on.

A drill or screw gun is used to screw the bear onto the plywood to hold him stationary while you carve.

A Dremel ™ rotary tool is used to put in eyes. Dremel's grinding stone bits can be shaped on a bench grinder to give you the bit you need to make the eyes the right size. Some carvers buy glass or plastic eyes for their bears. In that case, they sometimes use the Dremel tool to make the proper holes to insert the eyes.

I use an electric wood burning tool to draw in the mouth, nostrils and belly button. Some carvers use the tip of the chainsaw to cut in the mouth. But to do this, you need to develop a lot of strength and control of the saw to get the mouth expression just right every time.

Of course, you'll need electricity to run these tools. (I get mine from a generator.) And you'll need a good long heavy guage extension cord to bring the electricity to your carving site.

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Stumper Family Chainsaw Carving FullBear Family Chainsaw Carving

What kind of nut makes chainsaw carvings?

A creative and daring one.

Getting comfortable handling a chainsaw to produce a work of art is no small task. At first you think it can't be done. What you see with your eyes and in your mind doesn't come out through your hands. It can be frustrating and dangerous. It's definitely physically and mentally draining. ...But it's also very cool.

Certainly it takes a particular type of person. One who's willing to put up with the noise, heat and smell of a gas-powered chainsaw during the hottest summer months. And one who's willing to endure freezing fingers and toes during the dead of winter -- just to release a cute little bear from being trapped forever inside a log. ...Imagine...

If this describes you, get some good basic instruction on the care and use of a chainsaw. Learn about the different types of chains. Learn which positions are most likely to cause the saw to kick back -- and avoid these positions at all costs.

Get some protective clothing. The hardware store is the place to start. Certain items, like chainsaw chaps for the legs, may have to be ordered. Eyes, ears, lungs, legs and hands all have to be protected. A wounded carver is not very productive!

And if your neighbors live close by, be sure you can take up chainsaw carving without causing a war!

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Are there women chainsaw carvers?

There are some very serious women chainsaw carvers. They add a special aspect to the field of chainsaw carving. In general, women pay closer attention to details than men do.

The biggest obstacle a woman chainsaw carver has to overcome is the heavy lifting and strenuous activity of running a chainsaw. It can take stamina just to get the fool thing started!

In the beginning, a woman can limit herself to carving only the smaller size articles. Starting with logs that are 7 inches across and 16 inches long, she can begin her career in chainsaw carving. As her upper body muscles get stronger, she can gradually work up to handling logs that are 9 inches across and 24 inches long. She can eventually make carvings that are several feet tall!

A woman can begin carving with a top-of-the-line homeowner's saw. There are smaller saws, but it's important that the saw has the power it needs to get the job done. If the saw seems too heavy at first, she can carve for only a few minutes at a session, increasing her time daily.

Women have been known to begin carving with electric chainsaws because they are considerably lighter in weight. But electric chainsaws do NOT have much power and are not designed to cut through thick wood. To make matters worse, their chains do not spin at a very high speed. This causes the chain to bounce on the wood, giving a very choppy appearance.

In spite of all this, I have seen some very nice carvings done by a woman with an electric chainsaw.

If a woman is determined to overcome the difficulties of this artist endeavor, there's no limit to the creative chainsaw art she can produce.

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How to get blanks and instructions for making your first chainsaw carving:

THIS IS A BLANK STUMPER BEAR. Blank Stumper Bear Chainsaw Carving

Would you like to try your hand at chainsaw carving?

This fellow has been started for you. He comes with drawings, written instructions and a sign blank for you to finish any way you want.

This blank stumper is 20" tall and 7" across and costs $39 plus shipping. (24" stumper blanks are $59. plus shipping.)

To get the shipping cost, email the carver below. Indicate what city, state and zipcode you would want your blank shipped to and we'll calculate the exact cost for you.

When you order, you can pay with Mastercard, Visa or Discover credit cards - or debit cards with the Mastercard or Visa logos.

Just email Dusty here to indicate you're interested in the "20 INCH BLANK STUMPER BEAR". dusty@chainsawbearcarvings.com


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THIS IS A BLANK FULL BEAR. Full Bear Blank Chainsaw Carving

Maybe you're ready to carve a full bear - feet and all.

This guy is started for you. Just follow the directions and drawings that come with him. A sign is also included.

A full blank like this is 20" tall and 7" across and costs $39 plus shipping. (24" full blanks are $59. plus shipping.)

To get the shipping cost, email the carver below. Indicate what city, state and zipcode you would want your blank shipped to and we'll calculate the exact cost for you.

When you order, you can pay with Mastercard, Visa or Discover credit cards - or debit cards with the Mastercard or Visa logos.

Just email Dusty here to indicate you're interested in the "20 INCH BLANK FULL BEAR". dusty@chainsawbearcarvings.com


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To see the variety of carvings we do...

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You're Invited...

You're invited to ask questions about our chainsaw carvings or carving in general.

Just send your message to: dusty@chainsawbearcarvings.com

I look forward to hearing from you!

Sincerely,
Dusty Foster


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