Cover image for Art of chainsaw carving : insights and inspiration from top carvers around the world  / Jessie Groeschen.
Art of chainsaw carving : insights and inspiration from top carvers around the world / Jessie Groeschen.
Second edition.
Publication Information:
East Petersburg, PA : Fox Chapel Publishing, [2014]

Physical Description:
207 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
"Presents a comprehensive introduction to chainsaw carving as an art form through 22 portraits of significant chainsaw carvers, information about the history of the art, a step-by-step section on chainsaw carving a chair, and information about chainsaw carving events"-- Provided by publisher.


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736.4 GRO Book Adult General Collection

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Excitement, danger, and beauty are just three of the essential elements of chainsaw carving. This creative woodcarving method is capturing the attention of a growing number of artists and enthusiasts. International chainsaw competitions and performances, attended by large crowds, are helping to promote chainsaw carving as a highly respected art form that resides in a class by itself.

Award-winning chainsaw sculptor Jessie Groeschen takes an insider s look at the people whose talents, styles, and personalities make chainsaw carving so fascinating. With new artist profiles and colorful new photographs, this is the story of the fearless men and women who are carving out a contemporary art form for all to enjoy.

Art of Chainsaw Carving, Second Edition presents the diversity and achievements of this stylish art, from its early pioneers to today's innovative urban wood recovery projects. Readers will also find step-by-step instructions on how to carve a beautiful Sun, Moon, Bear Chair. Demonstrated by the author, this project reveals the fascinating process of using a chainsaw to unlock the raw and natural beauty of wood.

Author Notes

Jessie Groeschen is a professional artist who has competed in dozens of extreme chainsaw and power sculpting contests. Winner of multiple international awards, she achieved breakthrough status as the first woman to take a top prize at the largest U.S. chainsaw competition. Her work has been featured on ESPN.

Profiled artists include: J. Chester Armstrong, Sisters, Ore.; R. L. Blair, Oceano, Calif.; Steve Blanchard, Salinas, Calif.; Don Colp, Oakridge, Ore.; Edith Croft, Quebec, Canada; Glenn Greensides, British Columbia, Canada; Lois Hollingsworth, Miranda, Calif.; A. J. Lutter, Brainerd, Minn.; Judy McVay, Deming, Wash.; Mike McVay, Wasilla, Alaska; Pat McVay, Clinton, Wash.; Susan Miller, Mist, Ore.; Ray Murphy, Hancock, Maine; Ben Risney, Spring City, Pa.; Dennis Roghair, Hinckley, Minn.; Brian J. Ruth, Lehighton, Pa.