Monday, November 05, 2007

Copying Chainsaw Carvings…



While driving around the island of Tasmania earlier on this year, we were fortunate enough to stumble upon this fine selection of chainsaw carvings. Situated in Legerwood in the north of the island, the carvings were made to commemorate the local loss of life in the First World War.

The carving above is John Henry Gregg McDougall, who worked as a railway porter at the time.



This monument was sculpted to remember those Australians who fought and died at Gallipoli, and depicts a soldier on the beach carrying an ammunition box and a billy can.



This carving honours William Henry Hyde, who worked in the town in a sawmill.

As you can see from the photos below, the whole range of carvings was a touching and unique memorial to those who fought in the World War. The timber industry is one of the key areas of Tasmania’s economy, and the Australians, always folks to enjoy a bit of competition, even started an international chainsaw carving grand prix there this year.



2 comments:

Ballerina said...

This is unbelivably amazing, Statue John! Imagine the dexterity that it must take to carve these!! You really find some unique statuary.

David said...

wow!! I've never seen enourmous sculptures made from stump trees, wonderful carving chainsaw masterpieces!!