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Organic pieces of art

Published May 16th, 2012

This story is about a chainsaw woodcarver I met at a fair and that I was really impressed with how he master his craft and his numerous chainsaws (I recall 8 differents chainsaws at least)

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look up for this guy

amazing artist and really cool down to earth dude

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Eagle neck

here we see him using the mid range chainsaw to get a broad range of wood pieces out.

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giving expression

by carving a bit more in the eyes, he gives the eagle a real expression. That takes a long time observing the subject to get it done almost eyes closed and only by memory without model or pictures

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beak peak

again with the small chainsaw to get the little details and finer work

  • May 5th, 2012
  • NIKON D7000
  • 32mm / f/3.5 / 1/1000 sec
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feathering

actually in this part he was using one of the smaller chainsaws to get finer detailing work done. You gotta understand that this require to master a tool that is really noisy and that really want to chip in your stuff ...

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Intermediate

during the one hour process of creating a big eagle, there is one down time sometimes, when you gotta a change brushes , in that case chaisaw

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hair cut

  • May 5th, 2012
  • NIKON D7000
  • 34mm / f/2.8 / 1/1600 sec
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Eagle pride

here we can peak the work and the details already done on the head, the feathering work came at the end of the process

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Tail

Here we are in the last 15 minutes, starting to get out a big chunk to make the detail of the tail feathers

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the artist and his masterpiece

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getting dirty

oh yes chainsaw wood carving get you all messy...

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almost finished

the big job is done, getting a precise shape to the wood, now that the bird is clearly identifiable he is going into the details like making feathers and the eyes, etc.

  • May 5th, 2012
  • NIKON D7000
  • 40mm / f/3.5 / 1/1000 sec
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back of the eagle

  • May 5th, 2012
  • NIKON D7000
  • 17mm / f/4 / 1/640 sec
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the artist in plain focus

I'm just wondering how many hours of practice it did take to be able to not miss a chainsaw stroke

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wear your protection

that sound ovious...

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the welcome bear

the first creation, in the background you can see tree chunk that are used to do these sculpture

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the eagle finished

tadaaaaaaa

  • May 5th, 2012
  • NIKON D7000
  • 185mm / f/5 / 1/1250 sec
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hummingbird work

I bet that the eagle was to easy so he made a hummingbird feeding on a plant

  • May 6th, 2012
  • NIKON D7000
  • 155mm / f/4.8 / 1/400 sec
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so the bird

was carved out of the tree chunk, now it's time to give him a background

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Hummingbird and the Flower

look a the thin pole the bird is flying on and the shape of the flower, great great stuff

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tadaaaaaaa

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