Chainsaw Carving Tips

By Travis Brown

If you think of chainsaw carving as a mere hobby, better get rid of that notion. This activity demands superb talent in handling a power tool that is the chainsaw. For starting chainsaw carvers, bear in mind that the equipment you will be using can cause serious injuries to yourself and the people around you. Safety should always be your main prioroty before you start carving.

Before you start your chainsaw, it is best that you check the surroundings first. Is the environment a safe place to do such activity? If the workplace is secured, do not forget to wear your safety apparel such as safety standards gloves, goggles, and shin guards. It is also wise that you check your chainsaw and see if there are some issues with it before you start your carving session.

See if your chainsaw's engine is working fine and that there are no gurgle in the sound and no jerking of any kind. You also need to see if the bits are whether sharp or dull. Dull chainsaw bits have been one of the main causes of chainsaw accidents.

Another safety precaution you need to address is the scaffolding structure. The scaffold of your project must be sturdy to withstand pressure but at the same time flexible so you can modify it if you need to make some adjustments. A sturdy scaffold that is built to your exact specifications helps you perfect your carving.

Another thing about scaffolds is that when you feel uncomfortable with a certain position, make the needed adjustments. Do not attempt to cut the wood in an awkward manner or you'll risk the chances of accidents occurring. Always cut the wood from a position you are comfortable with.

Your wood should also be ready for carving before you actually make a masterpiece out of it. draw the carving's main shape as seen from the front and cut the chunks using a 16 to 24 inch blade. Once that is done, you can now switch to 12-inch blade to make the rest of the carving.

If you want your chainsaw carving to be in fine detail, finish it off by sanding. You can use chisels and go manual or opt to work with a palm sander for the large areas and a die grinder for the smaller areas. You can further express yourself by painting your work or leave it as it is. - 29857

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