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Tree Surgery is an Art

A Collection of cool chainsaw carvings

Tree Surgery is an Art: A Collection of cool chainsaw carvings

We mainly see tree surgery as a means to take care of trees. Pruning, trimming, tree removal, etc. -- all of these are done to make sure trees are healthy. It also makes way for a safer neighborhood especially if there are ‘hazardous trees’ near homes or power lines.

But did you know that tree surgery can also be a form of art? That’s right!

Chainsaw carving has been around for quite some time now. It has begun as far back as the 1950s and became a form of art and sport in the 1980s. If you have a dead tree sitting in your garden, you can consider turning it into art instead of having it removed.

Creating art from of a tree is not simple though. It takes skills, extreme concentration, and tools. So what are these tools? There’s a couple of them, but the one which plays the biggest role, and the one we’re going to talk about, is the chainsaw.

Creating With Chainsaws

There are different chainsaws used when it comes to tree carving. However, the best chainsaw is one that feels good in the hand when using it. As you know, a chainsaw is a very powerful tool, but it’s dangerous at the same time.

It can be health hazard especially if it’s too heavy or too big for the person using it. This can lead to serious accidents. It needs to be something that can be held with relative ease to allow more focus on the carving and not on the chainsaw itself.

Gasoline Chainsaw vs. Electric Chainsaw

These are the two main types of chainsaws. The apparent difference between the two is what powers them -- gas or electricity. Listed below are their pros and cons in relation to tree sculpting.

Pros of a gasoline chainsaw

  • More powerful compared to its electric counterpart
  • Suited for heavy-duty usage
  • Faster cutting speed
  • Mobile because it’s cordless

Cons of a gasoline chainsaw

  • Emits fumes
  • High maintenance cost
  • Heavy
  • Noisy

Pros of an electric chainsaw

  • Easy to use
  • Lighter and safer
  • Doesn’t emit fumes
  • Economical
  • Portable if battery operated

Cons of an electric chainsaw

  • Suited for light to medium tasks
  • Less power compared to gasoline chainsaw
  • Electric shock hazard especially when working in a wet environment
  • Limited mobility if corded

An anti-kickback chain is an ideal investment, especially in tree carving. A chainsaw kickback can ruin the sculpture that’s being worked on. At the same time, a kickback while using a chainsaw can be dangerous as well since it can lead to accidents.

The bottom line is, all chainsaws can be used to make art out of a tree. It all boils down to preference, type of wood, size of the sculpture, and how easy it is to maneuver.

If you need some inspiration for a chainsaw project, or want to see the amazing work that can be done, take a look at this collection of images of beautiful chainsaw carvings made from trees.

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