by Butch Elrod
As the proud owner of a piece of chainsaw art, there are a few things you can do to keep it looking good for years to come. This video contains the same information as the text below. Enjoy!
Chainsaw sculptures are, for the most part, carved from whole diameter logs rather than a slice of a log. It's the nature of a log to check or crack as it dries.Displaying your carving.
Your carving is wood. Wood can split, crack, rot, fade, burn and/or be attacked by insects. Putting a little thought into where and how it's displayed can help your carving to last years longer.Maintaining the finish.
Most of my carvings are sealed with Marine Spar Varnish which can be purchased at any hardware or paint store. This can be brushed or sprayed on. When cracks develop, I use a brush and let the varnish run into the crack and seal the wood. Do not try to fill the crack with varnish! You just want to seal the surface of the newly exposed wood inside the crack.Theft.
Sadly, it happens on occasion... Report any stolen carvings to the police just as you would any other crime. On the prevention side of this, I attach a chain to my carvings with a lag bolt and secure the other end of the chain to something. Sure, the bolt can be removed by anyone with a wrench but slowing them down may be enough to deter them.