links above have a range of information that aspiring chainsaw carvers may find
Unfortunately, as the demand for my skill as a carver has increased, I
am no longer able to find the time to run carving courses.
There are quite a few large scale woodcarvers dotted about up and down the country (UK). They seem to originate from two distinctly different backgrounds.
There are those who became involved with woodcarving as a pastime or as a medium in which to work as part of a course related to art - usually having worked in smaller scales exclusively with hand tools, then moving up in scale, til it became necessary to use serious power tools in order to remove a lot of wood within a realistic time frame. Most from this background will use the chainsaw for major roughing out, then quickly fall back on other power and hand tools aiming for a detailed, fine finish. The time taken to finish a piece can run into several weeks on occasions.
Then there are those who learned to use a chainsaw as part of their job in forestry or tree surgery type businesses. These people have, as a rule, become very used to the handling of chainsaws. They are more inclined to use the chainsaw from beginning to end on a sculpture. Often producing what amounts to a sketch in wood (some of them very accomplished, detailed sketches). The only other tool kept in the "armoury" is usually a power sander. The finishing time for these sculptures is typically hours, or, going on to a few days.
Between these two we have people with a foot in both camps. I, for instance, have a background in forestry, but I was carving long before I ever picked up a chainsaw. My personal quest is to take as much of the hard slog out of large scale carving as I possibly can by using a variety of power tools. This helps to bring down the costs of a range of carvings and make them more accessible to the public at large whilst at the same time enabling me to feed, clothe and house myself. This is the spirit in which I have put together the following pages. I hope they will be helpful to both the novice and the current carver alike. I am especially concerned that anyone considering using a chainsaw is fully aware of the dangers of the machine and will take up my advice on receiving adequate training in their use. There may be alternative ways of removing large amounts of timber quickly that do not involve the use of the chainsaw.
The links at the top of the page have a range of information that aspiring chainsaw carvers may find useful...