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

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

Buster Sword Tree Sculpture For The New Final Fantasy VII

simon o'rourke with the buster sword tree sculpture

Sometimes a sculpture is exciting because the subject is a challenge or I get to try a new skill. And sometimes a sculpture is exciting because of the story, the background, the historic connections. My latest ‘reveal’ (the Final Fantasy VII Buster Sword tree sculpture) is one of those… Background to the Buster Sword Tree … 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

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