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Eagle Chainsaw Carving, by Josh Carte

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Project by Josh Carte posted 05-29-2014 04:07 PM 927 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I haven’t done much chainsaw carving lately… I reworked and finished this eagle yesterday. He’s a little shinier than what I prefer, but he will last a long time outdoors this way- kinda like having lots of extra sunscreen :)

I used a couple of different chainsaws to shape up this eagle. I then went in with some hand tools to refine the work. I torched the entire body and wings to get the dark color. I used just a little paint for the eyes, talons and a few other spots. I finished this piece with spar urethane. Most of the time I prefer a matte finish on my carvings, but this is a piece that is designed to be outdoors or on the porch, so I added some extra protection. Also, the eyes are carved in entirely- no glass eyes on this bird :)

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DocSavage45

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#1 posted 05-29-2014 04:14 PM

Josh,

From your productivity I’m pretty sure you won’t have time to watch Battle Star Galactica. AGAIN with this really great carving? I’m curious as to the dimensions and saws you used with this guy, and how long it took your to get familiar with them to do this fine work?

Tom

Really, are you a Cylon? LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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oldrivers

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#2 posted 05-29-2014 04:19 PM

Whoopee Josh, you just moved the Bar way UP on chainsaw carving, I love it the lord has blessed you with a great talent. Thank you for sharing it so that we can also enjoy the fruit of your labor.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#3 posted 05-29-2014 04:29 PM

This is a great project!!! I like the size because if you wanted you could bring it into the house.
In the Cherokee language Wohali is the word for eagle. and that is one of my daughters middle names. So we are all very fond of eagles in my house.

-- (the only thing in there she says is...... saw dust) - James

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#4 posted 05-29-2014 04:30 PM

Great job! Thanks for sharing.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#5 posted 05-29-2014 05:01 PM

Thanks everyone! This piece is 19” tall, 13” wide and 9 1/2” thick.
DocSavage45, I made my very first woodcarving 6 years ago with a way oversized chainsaw. I carved a mushroom that I held between my feet using a chainsaw with a 20” bar- it was a recipe for disaster but I made it out unscathed :) The only type of carving that I did for the first 3 1/2-4 years was with a chainsaw. I’ve only been making the hand carvings for around 2-2 1/2 years.

My best friend in the world owned a saw shop when he and I were 24 years old. He turned me on to saws which turned into carving. Sadly, he died about 2 years later. He will always be the beginning of woodcarving for me.

And to answer your question about how long it took me to get familiar with the tools- Well, I just now feel like I’m producing work that I like. My friend with the saw shop gave me the safety, sharpening and general use basics :)

Oldrivers, I truly feel like working with wood has been a blessing from the Good Lord for me. After my friend passed away, carving along with my awesome wife, kept me from going NUTS! Everyday, I am very thankful that I get to carve.

-- https://www.etsy.com/shop/JoshCarteArt

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#6 posted 05-29-2014 05:36 PM

big boy, nice eagle.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#7 posted 05-29-2014 07:18 PM

Great job!

-- Rob — I've cut it off twice and it's still too short!, http://www.witzkewood.com

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#8 posted 05-31-2014 04:08 PM

Josh,

forgot to ask…What size and types of chainsaws are you currently using?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 05-31-2014 04:09 PM

Oh yeah the picture of the bird didn’t come out the same in the projects viewer.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#10 posted 05-31-2014 04:17 PM

Hey DocSavage45, I have 5 different chainsaws…. They are all made by Stihl. Typically, I will begin a project with my 046 which is equipped with a ripping chain- very nice for initial shape. I will use my 310 for crosscuts. I then go to a 170 with a dime tip bar to refine all of the shape.

-- https://www.etsy.com/shop/JoshCarteArt

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#11 posted 05-31-2014 04:20 PM

Josh,

Thought you might be using the Makita electric chainsaw. Do you use a Lancelot in rough shaping?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Josh Carte

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#12 posted 06-01-2014 02:03 PM

Hey DocSavage45,

I do have a Makita electric chainsaw- how did you know that? But, I don’t use it much at all. I used to have the Merlin

mini grinder (world’s smallest chainsaw) but it blew up- not a very good tool in my opinion. The Arbortech Turboplane

is a great tool for rough shaping, but is quite aggressive. Tools, tools, tools, what to use?! Haha

-- https://www.etsy.com/shop/JoshCarteArt

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#13 posted 06-02-2014 12:20 AM

Thanks!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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