Chainsaw Carvers: Then & Now


Ever wondered how chainsaw carving is done before and by whom? How about chainsaw carving now and by whom?

Let’s take a closer look on some of them:

  • Ray Murphy. He is best known for carving his own name on a piece of wood using his father’s chainsaw back in 1952.
  • Ken Kaiser. He is best known for creating the Trees of Mystery back in 1961 – a series of 50 chainsaw-carved wood sculptures that illustrates the life of Paul Bunyan, a giant lumberjack in American folklore.
  • Art Moe. He got more recognized, along with the art of chainsaw carving, when he participated in the Lumberjack World Championship at Hayward, Wisconsin back in the 1980s.
  • Barry Pinske. A then 24-year-old man who won the first-ever Chainsaw Carving World Championship back in 1987.
  • Duncan Kitson. A British carver back who is best known to represent Wales and the United Kingdom in the Open Chainsaw Competition back in 1989.
  • Matthew Crab. He is best known for creating the world’s biggest wooden sculpture of the Virgin Mary, which stands at 9 meters high.
  • Harry Thomas. He is the owner of Thomas Carving. Along with son Danny Thomas, he is best known for chainsaw carving wood sculptures of bears.
  • Brian Ruth. He is best known for establishing Masters of the Chainsaw back in 1992, the first-ever booking agency for chainsaw performing art. He is known to first introduce chainsaw carving as a performing art in Japan back in 1995, as well as established a Japanese Masters of the Chainsaw branch and a chainsaw carving school.
  • Glenn Greensides. He is a Canadian chainsaw carver who is best known for creating 5-meter high wood sculptures of Japanese zodiac signs, which was done every year for 12 years starting in 1995.
  • Jen Ruth. She is well-known for creating Chainsaw Chix back in 2007, the first-ever international association of female chainsaw carvers.
  • Bob King. He is an American chainsaw carver who is best known for his Star/Sprocket Award on the Carvers’ Walk of Fame in Germany, which attests to him winning carving competitions more than any other carves out there.
  • Josh Landry. He is another American chainsaw carver who is best known for his first place award in the Rally in the Valley Chainsaw Carving Competition, as well as the youngest chainsaw carver participant in both national and international competitions.

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