Chainsaw Art is the Buzz
Chainsaw artists carve their way through the competition – images 250News
Prince George, B.C.-Next to the sounds of the midway, it’s the whine of the chainsaws that fills the air at the BCNE.
The chainsaw carving competition has brought carvers to the BCNE from as far away at Europe each trying to make a creation within the allotted time frame, which in this case is
Paul Frenette is from Ontario, and when not buzzing his way through a block of wood with a chainsaw, is a computer network technician.
For Paul, the chainsaw carving started a little over a dozen years ago “When someone steals your cement Easter Island statue from your house and you go out and cut some trees down and you’re all mad.” He said in an effort to figure out how to get over the theft, he realized if he used the chainsaw on one of the trees he had cut, he could make an Easter Island statue from wood.
Frenette says the carvers bring their carving bars and chains, and their sponsors ( in his case Husqvarna) supply the power heads and away they go. “It’s not just art, it’s performance, it’s a marathon as well”
No doubt about it, it takes a lot of upper body strength to compete says Frenette ” ’cause what we’re doing here, we’re carving an 8 foot piece of wood in three and a half days , 12 hours a day , swinging 15 pound, 20 pound chainsaws all day long.”
“People get a real kick out of it” says Frenette ” they see a piece of wood turn into a masterpiece of art in record time.”
The chainsaw carving contest continues throughout the weekend at the BCNE.
Below, some other pieces that are either in progress, or on display , all have been created by the chainsaw artists taking part in the competition: