The Delicate Art of Chainsaw Sculpture

Like whittling on steroids, chainsaw carving lets you mix your artistic side with the side that likes to hack stuff up with manly power tools. The folks at Appalachian Arts Studio in Ridgway, Penn., teach you to channel your chainsaw-wielding urges into creative expression in the form of totem poles, life-size bears, and finely feathered eagle wings. One guy chain-carved a massive arm from the ground up, as if a giant had been buried alive.

Lest you think this is a fringe art specific to the region, consider the Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous, an annual event that draws wood-curious artists and fans from around the world. In addition to chainsaw sculpting, Appalachian Arts Studio also offers classes in pottery, painting, print making and photography, as well as environmental programs.

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