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Here's My Woodcarving!

by Bill Cosentini
Northport, NY

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I got into using a chainsaw for wood carving because it was fast, it eliminated waste wood and got to the subject very quickly and I could concentrate on the subject. My little Bears were easy to sell, I have hundreds in my area and that was a great motivator.

In the past my inspiration came mostly from what sold best, but now I am trying new and challenging objects. I like visiting the museum to see how the masters created. I don't expect to do that type of work but if I come away with an idea or approach that I can incorporate it was worth it.

As for the future, I would like to improve my eagle form. In addition to that goal, there is a Victorian piece carved in Carrara marble entitled Fragalina, I would like to read about the carver and give her a try. The piece would require a lot of sanding, not my favorite thing but necessary.

Chainsaw carving also gives me the opportunity to work with some beautiful wood. Long Island is one of the rare places where wood is waste and the tree services actually pay to get rid of it. Carving Birds Eye Maple or Curly Cherry or Paulownia which is prized by the Japanese, working with the grain and character of the wood is a favorite of mine.

Please note that anyone using a chainsaw to carve should already have a working knowledge of how to properly use the tool. I would also like to add that I use all types of traditional and not so traditional carving tools.

You can email Bill at .

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