Art of Chainsaw Carving: An Insider's Look at 18 Artists Working Against the Grain (Paperback)

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Meet Some of the World's Finest Chainsaw Artists Since the 1960s, carving with a chainsaw has captured the attentionof artists and enthusiasts because of its intriguing combination of excitement, danger, and beauty. Today, due to the increasing number of competitions and performances and a rapidly growing community of talented artists participating in the craft, chainsaw carving has emerged as a highly respected art form that resides in a class by itself. In Art of Chainsaw Carving, noted chainsaw sculptor Jessie Groeschen presents an insider's look at the major artists, both past and present, whose unique and pioneering talents, artistic styles, and personalities make this art form so fascinating. In addition, you'll find an informative step-by-step chapter on how to carve a beautiful Sun, Moon, Bear chair. Demonstratedby the author herself, the project reveals the fascinating process f using a chainsaw to unlock the raw and natural beauty of wood.

About the Author

Jessie Groeschen is a professional artist who has competed in over 30 extreme chainsaw and power sculpting contests. She is an active member of the Artists' Cooperative Gallery of Whidbey Island, Washington. In 2002, she became the first foreigner to compete in Japan's Chainsaw Carving Championships. In 2003, Jessie earned first place in the premier Women in Art: Chainsaw Series. Jessie was the first woman to place in the top 10 of the Judges' Choice category at the nation's largest chainsaw competition, West Coast, The Big One! Jessie has also competed in the first English Open Chainsaw Caving Championships and was recognized by Seattle's Folklife Festival in a group exhibit. Her work has been featured on national media outlets, such as ESPN. In addition to carving, Jessie also writes to promote chainsaw carving as an art form. Jessie was the founding editor of "The Cutting Edge" newsletter for the Cascade Chainsaw Sculptors Guild, and has also written articles for "Chip Chats" and "Woodcarving UK."

Product Details
ISBN: 9781565232501
Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing
Publication Date: September 1st, 2005
Pages: 160


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                                               New Hope for American Art is the most comprehensive book ever published on artists from, and surrounding, the New Hope Art Colony (also known as the Pennsylvania Impressionists). This book, with its 612 pages and over 1,000 color plates of artwork include biographies of 165 individual Pennsylvania Impressionists and New Hope Modernists as well as artists from the Philadelphia Ten, a pioneering group of women all educated at Philadelphia art schools. 

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  • Charles Rosen
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