Monday, May 16, 2016

Carving


      You've seen this figure many times. I've written of how it came to be. The birch tree died and we left a 6 ft stump to turn into "something". We wanted to carve it but soon realized carving was way beyond our ability. We settled on a little outline of a house. Not my idea though!

      We've had fun with this creation as people have commented and lots of little kids have to look at it each time they go by.

      We were sitting in the backyard yesterday afternoon when we noticed someone at the front door. We called the guy to the back. He had stopped to tell us to take the bark off the stump so the wood wouldn't rot.

     He had just finished this chainsaw carving at my neighbors.



      We visited with this guy and it was a learning experience. He had taken a good look at our creation and saw things that other people never see. There are silhouettes of faces on either side of the stump!






      What he did for my neighbor has lots of detail. The ideas were my neighbors and the guy just followed instructions.




     I can imagine many little kids will look at this carving.

38 comments:

  1. Amazing! It's a wonderful work of art. Thanks for sharing it, along with the stump house. :-)

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    1. It's surprising what can be done with the chain saw. He was happy how it turned out.

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  2. The chainsaw fellow is very talented. Next time you see him, tell him he has got a day job in Sheffield, England but he will have to pay for the flight himself as I am not made of money. By the way, as the actress said to the bishop, I love your tree stump.

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    1. Yes, I'll tell him there's a good opportunity in Sheffield.

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  3. That chainsaw carving! Oh my gosh...that is amazing. What incredible talent!

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    1. I've seen it done before and it is impressive. they also use chainsaws for some ice carving.

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  4. I really enjoy these creations. Never tried it, but have considered it on a few trees I lost.

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    1. I've never tried it. I always thought that if I got the tree down where it was supposed to fall that I was successful.

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  5. This is so beautiful! We have many dead elm tree trunks, I even bought come carving tools, but they are too hard to carve. I have to sell them.

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    1. I think with carving you have to start with something small and then keep it simple.

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  6. Interesting post. We live in a large complex and many birch trees on the property have died, victims of an insect of some kind I believe, here in the Pacific Northwest. Last fall a tree company removed the dead ones but left stumps at ground level. That's good information about removing the bark to keep it from rotting. I've always found it interesting to see what you can see develop when looking at drift wood so I suppose the same would apply to stumps.

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    1. My birch died from birch borer. If you look you can see brownd lines. this is where the insect bored just under the bark in the living tissue.

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  7. That is a wonderful carving. Amazing how he can do that with a CHAINSAW!! We have an old tree stump that could use some TLC!

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    1. He has to be able to see what he wants to carve in the wood!

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  8. There is a man who lives around here who does the chainsaw wood carvings. I am fascinated by the skill- but the results are too expensive for my budget. I like your little house...it has good "bones" and is unique.

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    1. The chainsaw guys don't come cheap.

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  9. That guy's carvings are truly amazing! I like your little house though. Bet it was fun talking with the man.

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    1. The guy was a character so it was fun talking to him.

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  10. What a wonderful carving! I like you little house too! :)

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    1. He also used some different stains to show off the parts of the carving.

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  11. I thought you were going to say you turned the guy loose to carve your house stump! That carving he did at your neighbor's is incredible. With a chainsaw?!

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    1. I thought He's dropped in to ask if he could carve something but he was very complimentary about our feeble effort.

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  12. I loved your house from the tree stump Red, you really brought the shine of the wood out and it has character. I can understand why the kids enjoy it so much. Nice of the guy to stop by and offer some tips. I've seen work like this and am always impressed with a carver's skill.

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    1. Birch wood is golden so shows up well.

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  13. amazing work. i still like your little house, though.

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  14. I really like how your wood stump polished up so nicely. It is an interesting thing that would catch a lot of people's eye.

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    1. The wood is a honey color so I have a clear shellac on it .

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  15. The man has wonderful talent. I am always amazed at the artistry that many wood carvers have. I like your little house too.

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    1. They seem to be able to get some complicated figures out of the wood.

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  16. That animal totem is quite the work of art! Were you tempted to hire the guy to carve up your little house?

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    1. I was not tempted to hire the guy. Although I like chainsaw carving I don't ant it on my place.

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  17. I like your little tree stump house, it has a nice cozy look. Those chain saw artists are amazing, aren't they? Wonderful skill combined with artistic flair.

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  18. It is a wonderful clever art.I have watched an artist lately here making something out of wood. It is amazing to see they know excatly what to do and where to carve.

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  19. I really do admire people with that talent.

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  20. He's a fine artist.. and had no trouble seeing the people who lurk within your own piece of art. There was an artist who was commissioned to do similar pieces around Mississauga. He did something similar in what was my local park.. incorporating the local animals seen regularly in the area. Pretty amazing talents.

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  21. Hi Red, That is some really neat carving. Fascinating!

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