Chainsaw Carving with wood sculptor Dave Lucas

Chainsaw Carving with wood sculptor Dave Lucas

[sound of rain and thunder] I have never cut a tree down and I don’t need to and wouldn’t want to. The thing is that the pieces we use, if they have got rot pockets or knots or funny shapes to timber mills for planking or whatever it might not be suitable. But for us it is great! It just gives more flexability to the sculptures. I’m Dave Lucas of ‘Lucas Carvings’ and I work with my soon to be inlaws, and that business is Woodland Center. We kind of work togther. I met David and Anns daughter Heather while I was at university. So it kind of starts with romance. When I eventually met Dave and Ann, Heather’s parents, at that time Ann was getting in to chainsaw carving and had seen it at shows. Then, I think it was for her birthday or anniversary, David, her husband, got a guy down from Scotland who does it and does courses. So he came here and carved a few simple things and showed Ann how to do it. Mushrooms and Easter island heads… I happened to be around at the time. They kind of had an idea of starting a business and said do I want to give it a go so i did. I was actually doing my commercial pilots license at the time, and that was quite stressfull and a lot of money and I semmed to show some kind of talent at being able to do this. and people wanted to buy my stuff and it has really developed from there. [sound of chainsaw cutting] So I’ll talk to a customer about what they want and then what I’ll do is walk around the yard, it is kind of like a sweetie shop of timber. and pick a bit of timber that I think will work. A lot of people say that you just look at a piece and you can see what is in there but I do have in my mind what it is going to become before I start, and then work with the timber to get the best results. And the thing is whith the chainsaws, it’s great! That guy down there has got a four foot bar on so I can do huge big cuts to start with and get rid of big bits of timber. Then you can go down to such tiny detail with the small saw still. To start with it’s normally a converstation with either a private customer or a big park somewhere. Really the process is the same. To discuss ideas, at that point also budget so that I can think what I am working with and what I can produce. And once I have had an idea I will go and do some research. So if it’s an animal I will go and look up some photos and things like that and think how best to sculpt it. And then the next process is I will come up with a design drawing, and I find that it is a really good way of showing a customer before the piece is finished, what it should look like and give them some sort of piece of mind that it is not going to be completely different from what they are thinking. And I find that if I can do the drawing I can normally do the sculpture as well, or so far, touch wood, it has worked out like that. And I found that when I started sculpting I would treat the piece of timber like it was a drawing, very much a cube to start with, and draw a sillohuette of something from one side. As you get practice, practice makes perfect, you start to think more in three dimensions and think what animals bone structure would be like. And then once the design has been signed off and they are happy with it then it is a case of selecting the timber and starting chopping. Really it is just working through with the chainsaw from the bigger saws, right down through to the small tiny saw and the detail. Then it is the finishing, I’ll sand using a variety of different sanders, belt sanders, random orbital sanders, angle grinders, things like that… Normally the sculptures are just finished to a high quality sanded finish. And then we treat with a preservative because a lot of the timber has still got some moisture in so if you don’t put a preservative on you can get mould growth and things like that. So that tends to kill off the bacteria. Then we will treat with an oil, anything from teak oil, danish oil, osmo oil, things like that. Sometimes I use the blow torch, you can get anything from a black to a light brown. When you use a blow torch quite heavily you get a very charred look. Kind of like coals in your fire would look, they almost have a bit of gloss to them. But then if you brush quite hard with a brushover you get a nice matt finish. Especially for things like black bears, it is great. You just burn the whole body, and then thoroughly brush over and you get this lovely blacky-brown matte finish to it. And then it is a case of the customers see’s the finished thing hopefully they like it and sometimes installation is involved if it is a park. [Rain, thunder and atmospheric music] [chainsaw starts]

27 thoughts on “Chainsaw Carving with wood sculptor Dave Lucas

  1. Pretty cool. Same saws we use on the farm, amazing what an artist can do with ordinary tools and materials.

  2. Well chainsaw carving is NOT woodcarving but you sure are a good artist at the chainsaw. I wood carve with "Pfeil"
    brand name wood carving and I guarantee that when you work with those Swiss made brand name tools and that they will rock your world!!! Peace out!!!

  3. Great video, added to our "Chainsaw Carving " playlist, thanks

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  5. Hello, we created a short documentary for an aspiring chainsaw carver based in Leicester, UK. Since that time things are now going viral and would greatly appreciate if you could share please to help make it reach further

  6. This simplifies a chain saw for home use. It is powerful and easy to handle.==> I cut a number of different tree limbs and it cut right through. The chain is nice a sharp so as it wears, I will see how it does. The 40V battery seems good, but I have not used it long enough to test how long it will last. But for trimming a few rtees and cutting some firewood it does do the job.

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