I still remember the first time that I saw this art.
|We were going to Minnesota on a family fishing trip and we
stopped at a truck-stop for breakfast outside of the Twin
Cities and they had these chainsaw carved bears outside. I
still remember being amazed when I found out that they
were carved with a chainsaw. That was probably about 13
years ago. Since then we have gone back to Minnesota
every year to go fishing.
|Six years ago we were getting ready to go and some of
the family couldn't join us for a couple of days, so I told
my Dad that I wanted to go study the chainsaw carving in
the afternoons when we weren't fishing.
I was extremely lucky in finding an excellent carver who
let me watch him for a little while and gave me some tips
on what I needed if I wanted to start carving. I would like
to Sincerely Thank both him & his wife for allowing me to
watch them work for a little while.
When I got home I decided that I was going to try it. I'd
never used a chainsaw before I tried this. My idea of
cutting wood was my Dad cutting it and we kids loading
it. When I started I thought "If it turns out horrible I will
only have made firewood, and we had a wood burning
My very first bear I named "Porkchop" because it was
touch-and-go there for a while as to whether it was going
to be a bear or a pig. I was so proud when I finally got
him done. I was amazed when other people actually
knew what he was and thrilled when someone wanted to
I have now been carving for about 6 years. I am still
completely fascinated with this art form. I think that
everyone has been given a talent of some kind or other.
I consider this a God given gift and I thank the Lord for it.
If you are lucky enough to find something that you truly
enjoy doing and you can make a living at it then I think
that you are truly blessed.
Almost 3 years ago I was in a car accident and suffered
back injuries. As a result a year ago I had lumbar fusion
surgery and had to have 2 discs fused. So, right now I'm
pretty slow & have to choose what work I can do but, I
still welcome any interest in my work. I'm still hoping
and working toward recovery. I hope that I am able to
keep carving & learning for years to come.
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