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Chainsaw sculpture champ


Takao Hayashi of Japan holds the first place award he won Sunday in the U.S. Open Chainsaw Sculpture Championship held over four days at the Paul Bunyan Logging Camp Museum in Eau Claire, Wis. Next to Hayashi is his winning carving of a sleeping alpaca and cats.

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That's the trophy? Looks like something from The Walking Dead. Do you really want that up in your house somewhere aside from Hallowe'en?

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Way to go Hayashi! Sounds like Mr. Smith is just a whittle bit envious.

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That's some delicate detailing with a chainsaw. I am truly impressed.

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Well done!"

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tallpinedog: "Way to go Hayashi! Sounds like Mr. Smith is just a whittle bit envious."

Lame. Envious about what? I'm neither interested in chainsaw art nor trophies, let alone one's with skulls on top. I do say hats off to the man for his skill, all the same.

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Smith you need to read Tallpines post again, this time SLOOOOWLY LOL!!!

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Cute sleeping alpaca and cats. Apparently alpaca is really popular recently in Japan, uh? :)

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GW: "Smith you need to read Tallpines post again, this time SLOOOOWLY LOL!!!"

Oh, I got the pun the first time around, if that's what you are referring to.

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I'm not going to enter the argument about the trophy - there's no point. BUT, having used many a chainsaw and watched chainsaw artists, including native North Americans using the tool to carve totems, and a white guy carve an eight-foot high standing grizzly that looked like it was ready to eat you, I must say, it's a true skill. And when that skill is combined with an artistic bent, what a bunch of beautiful creations! There's an old saying, 'creativity in action', and I think that's what the originator of that phrase would easily have put on this kind of activity.

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I have absolutely no artistic talent whatsoever. I am in awe of anyone who can produce a work of art but something like sculpture - 3D art if you like - is just especially mindblowing. To be able to take a lump of something and turn it into something like that - just wow.

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I am happy just to chain saw my wood for my stove to similar length before chopping haha, no sculptures for me!

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