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

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

Robin Memorial Bench

close up of a pair of robins carved into a cedar bench.

COntacSimon often receives commissions for memorial sculptures. One of his most popular sculptures last year was a beautiful memorial for a young lady named Robyn. Recently he received a commission for another robin-themed memorial, this time a robin memorial bench…   Robin Memorial Bench: The Brief Simon’s brief for this commission was to create a … Read more

Basic Kit for Starting Chainsaw Carving

A small chainsaw is sufficient

Welcome to the second in our series on starting out in chainsaw carving. In the first blog, Simon shared basic pointers. You can find it at www.treecarving.co.uk/tips-for-getting-started-in-chainsaw-carving/ if you missed it.  This week we move on to share a few tips on putting together a basic kit for starting chainsaw carving…     Basic Kit … Read more

Tips for Getting Started in Chainsaw Carving

simon o'rourke carving an old German miner at the Huskycup

Simon is often asked about how to start chainsaw carving. The reality is, everyone’s journey will look a little different. However, there are some principles that are pretty much universally true.  And there are definitely things that Simon and his team have learned over the years, that could benefit others. So, these are his top … Read more

Things to Consider When You Commission an On-Site Chainsaw Carving Sculpture

Photo shows a man carving a sculpture from a tree trunk. He is standing in a tall cherry picker. Equipment like this is one of the Things to Consider When You Commission an On-Site Chainsaw Carving Sculpture

A chainsaw carving sculpture can be a great addition to your home or business. It’s a lovely way to give life back to a tree that is dead, diseased or dangerous. As well as being a beautiful piece of art in its own right, it can also add value to your attraction or home. However, … Read more