Helpful Tips for Constructing Large Sculptures: A Step by Step Guide to Flat Joints

I’m back with another of my Tips & Tricks Blogs with some (hopefully!) useful tips for fellow sculptors! Hopefully others find it interesting too though! I’ve recently completed a large dragon sculpture that needed several pieces adding on. I thought I’d walk you through that process and share some tips for constructing large sculptures. I … Read more

How to Create Texture on a Sculpture: Six Examples for Chainsaw Carvers

People often ask why I don’t use any kind of colour or finish on my sculptures (I explain that a bit here). I’m also often asked how I create certain effects on my sculptures. If you’ve ever wondered about either (or both!) of these things, this is the blog for you! Keep reading for some … Read more

Seven Helpful Tips for Making a Living as an Artist

In 2022 Matthew Crabbe and I opened The Titan Arcadia Gallery under the banner of Titan Arcadia. We have a vision that through the gallery, we will showcase, encourage, equip and inspire both current and aspiring artists. Part of fulfilling that vision is that we’ll be host seminars and workshops utilising both of our experiences … Read more

Getting the Best From Your Chainsaw Bar

Over the years I’ve tried lots of different chainsaw bars. Sugihara. Husqvarna. Stihl. And more! I found some brands have a bad reputation and are often avoided – including Sithl. However, I’ve had a Stihl bar that lasted four years! What I’ve discovered is that when it comes to chainsaw bars, it isn’t so much … Read more

The Importance of Lighting for Chainsaw Carving Sculpture.

Simon O'Rourke sculpting with a chainsaw and a strong light to his side.

This week’s blog has something for both carver and client. Whether creating or viewing work can be transformed completely by light. With that in mind, Simon shares some thoughts on the importance of lighting for chainsaw carving sculpture.     Light and Dark Art Before we talk about the importance of lighting for chainsaw carving … Read more

Top Chainsaw Carving Events

Simon o'rourke working on a carved throne with jungle patterns at zandsculpturenfestijn, one of his top chainsaw carving events

When there isn’t a global pandemic, summer is chainsaw carving event season! There are lots of great events around, and lots of reasons to go and visit. In our blog ‘Tips for Getting Started in Chainsaw Carving‘, Simon recommended watching other artists carve as a way of learning and growing in your art. Even if … Read more

Carving Bar Maintenance for Chainsaw Carvers

stihl chainsaw with standard bar in front of a fallen tree carved into a dragon by simon o'rourke

Simon is going to be making a series of videos and blogs to share maintenance tips with other chainsaw carvers. We kick that series off this week with this blog about carving bar maintenance for chainsaw carvers… What Is a Chainsaw Bar? For readers who aren’t regular chainsaw users, the bar has the vital job … Read more