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|FIRST ON WGIL: One Man Saws Way Through Knox County Fair
|POSTED 8/6/09, UPDATED 8/7/09 Making chainsaw art might be described as being as simple as it is complicated.
"First, you choose a good piece of wood, and then block it out from the side, and from the front, and once you have the profile and its proportions down, then you can go in and start detailing," said Matt Hambrick of Washington State, who is a chainsaw artist holding demonstrations several times a day at the Knox County Fair now through Saturday.
Hambrick has been doing chainsaw art the last five years with a group called the "LogHoggers." While he primarily does wood carvings for show and sale in the northwest, he comes to the Midwest every summer and does shows around the region, including fair.
Hambrick tells WGIL turning logs into bald eagles, horses, and bears among other things goes well beyond using just a chainsaw. "I'll start off with a big chainsaw and work my way down to the smaller tree-trimmer-type saws, with a special carving bar on it," Hambrick said. "Then I'll use angle grinders and dye grinders to finish them off."
Hambrick says just what he carves depends on where he's going and what people typically want.
As for the most unusual thing he's done, Hambrick says he's been asked to carve, he says a salad bowl might be at the top of the list.
Hambrick's wares were to be auctioned off Friday night, but due to the weather, that was postponed until Saturday at 1pm.
To find out more about the "LogHoggers," CLICK HERE.
(Matt Hambrick started one of his many chainsaw art demonstrations Wednesday night with a log, which he previously chopped the bark off of.)
(Knox County Fairgoers watched Hambrick as he worked on his art.)
(Prior to eyes being colored in, this was Hambrick's finished product: an eagle.)
Photos of some of Hambrick's other work:
(WGIL News Story and Photos by Will Stevenson.)
|08 06 09 by Newsroom
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