Saturday, August 20, 2011

Chainsaw Carving of a Victorian Lady

A lovely Victorian Lady stands in front of the Bed, Bath, and Beyond store in Tulsa's Utica Square.  She is carved out of a solid piece of wood, more specifically the trunk of a deceased Elm tree.  Tulsa, like many cities has big old Elm trees that have succumbed to the Dutch Elm disease.  Fortunately for us we have a resident artist who makes good use of the trunks of these and other trees by sculpting them into elegant carvings  using a chain saw as a carving tool.  They are all over Tulsa and the surrounding area in front of businesses and in the gardens of private homes.

Clayton Coss has created over 2,000 chainsaw sculptures since he began in 1985.  They are so interesting that I have decided to make Saturday Chainsaw Carving day for my blog.  It is certain that I will not run out of sculptures to feature as he continues to create them.  Several years ago I featured a particularly beautiful American Eagle he created for a Harley-Davidson motorcycle shop.  You can see it HERE.  He has  a web site with a few other photos.  You can see it HERE,  or visit me on Saturdays to see some of my favorites.


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4 comments:

Gine said... [Reply to comment]

Avoir la tête dans les nuages ? Très belle photo !

'Tsuki said... [Reply to comment]

Wow : it is a chainsaw carving ? Very impressive by the quality of the details... And the reflection behind is perfect !

Genie said... [Reply to comment]

I know you are going to chuckle, but this sculpture makes me think of myself when I am in a STERN mood with my in-school suspensions kids. Instead of my lips going from side to side, they would be drawn in together firmly. Love this one...and a chainsaw sculpture, too. How do the guys do this. I just don;t get it. They have amazing talent. genie

Ryan said... [Reply to comment]

Looks like my old school head mistress...scary woman. Amazing sculpture.