I’m finally getting around to writing posts of other things I’ve done while Artomatic went on. Now that Artomatic is history, I’m no longer being distracted by that event plus Christmas is coming soon so everything is slowing down at the moment. I now have time to write about some of the other things I’ve been doing lately.

On December 5 the Otis Street Arts Project was having a chain saw carving demonstration outside of its studios in Mount Rainier, Maryland. I thought it sounded interesting so I checked it out. It turned out that an artist named Glenn Richardson was displaying some of his work, which he created while using his chain saw, and December 5 was the last day of this special exhibition that he and two other artists were showing at the Otis Street Arts Project. There was a reception with snack food and drinks while Glenn Richardson was outside carving a statue.

One week later, when Artomatic was holding its last day, I saw that a chain saw demonstration was also announced as well. I went to that demonstration only to discovered that the chain saw carver was none other than Glenn Richardson, who did the chain saw carving at the Otis Street event that previous Saturday. The setup was similar with the wooden demon head dangling from a crane and Glenn’s dog, Gus, barking whenever Glenn was working on his latest chain saw creation. The only difference between the Otis Street and Artomatic events is that the former also included a statue being set on fire, which was absent from the Artomatic demonstration.

Here is the setup outside of the Otis Street Arts Project Studio.

Chain Saw Carving Demonstration

Chain Saw Carving Demonstration

Chain Saw Carving Demonstration

Chain Saw Carving Demonstration

Glenn Richardson is hard at work as he puts a few finishing touches on his latest work of art.

Chain Saw Carving Demonstration

Chain Saw Carving Demonstration

Chain Saw Carving Demonstration

Chain Saw Carving Demonstration

Chain Saw Carving Demonstration

Chain Saw Carving Demonstration

Chain Saw Carving Demonstration

Chain Saw Carving Demonstration

Once he finished with his carving, he set it on fire. He explained that he had soaked the wood in water before the demonstration so the flames wouldn’t burn the statue all the way through.

Chain Saw Carving Demonstration

Chain Saw Carving Demonstration

Chain Saw Carving Demonstration

Chain Saw Carving Demonstration

Chain Saw Carving Demonstration

Chain Saw Carving Demonstration

Once the fire burned out, the statue took on a darker color as a result of it being charred by the flames.

Chain Saw Carving Demonstration

Glenn Richardson had his other works on display as well, such as this dragon bench.

Chain Saw Carving Demonstration

In addition to the above photos, I also shot this short video of the chain saw carving demonstration in action. You’ll not only hear the whirl of the chainsaw but you’ll periodically hear Glenn’s dog Gus barking. (The dog was chained next to Glenn’s truck so he wouldn’t accidentally get in the way of the chain saw.)

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