As many of you know, I spend a lot of time up in western North Carolina where my family lives. We visit about once a month and about a year ago a place up in the north Georgia mountains caught my eye. In front a small house just off of the road is a yard full of chainsaw carvings. Now being from the mountains chainsaw art is nothing new. A black bear craved from a chainsaw is a must have for a summer home in the mountains and almost every store that caters to this has at least a few setting outside.
But this was more than just bears….a lot more. Over the past year I have watched every creation you can think of come and go into this yard. So this past Thanksgiving I decided to finally stop and take a closer look. I expected to find a tourist trap type place but instead just found the owner, Edgard Diaz outside working on his next piece. After spending a few minutes with Edgard I found out that he was born in Peru but has live here in the USA since 1987. He started chainsaw carving as a hobby, thinking that it looked fun. He didn’t expect to be good and was surprised at how his first piece came out. Edgard has since developed his talent and won several competitions in chainsaw art.
There was a lot of what you might expect to find such as the bear holding a welcome sign, but also a lot that I didn’t expect. Like a full size motor cycle and lots of birds. As a matter of fact the birds seemed to be Edgard’s real talent. From the turkey strutting around, to the cardinals perched on tree branches. A lot of fine woodworkers look at chainsaw carving as a more crude and gimmicky form of woodworking but amazing detail can be had. The birds Edgard carve do have a since of realness to them even thought they tend to be on a larger scale.
To find out more about Edgard you can visit his site at AuthenticChainsawArt.com.
Be safe, learn something, and have fun!