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Howard Werner: Artist with a Chainsaw

comments (6) July 29th, 2010 in blogs

JonBinzen Jon Binzen, senior editor
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When he attended the School for American Craftsmen at Rochester Institute of Technology, Howard Werner got a thorough education in all phases of traditional woodworking and furniture making. But then one of his teachers introduced him to the chainsaw as a tool for sculpting huge blocks of wood, and all the other tools and techniques he'd learned began to fade into the background.

Werner has been making furniture and sculpture with a chainsaw ever since, carving his pieces from massive hunks of log. In Werner's hands the chainsaw can flatten a broad tabletop, hew out a silky recess for a seat, carve a massive mortise and tenon, or carve a fluid, cone-shaped vessel that stands taller than he does--and then scoop out its interior.

This slideshow presents a wide array of Werner's work with the chainsaw as he discusses his unorthodox approach to working wood.


posted in: blogs, rustic, Howard Werner, chainsaw furniture

Comments (6)

SeanMWalker SeanMWalker writes: Amazing piece!
Posted: 2:30 pm on November 14th

jvdale jvdale writes: you are living what seems to be a dream life, congrats.

how do you keep the wood from splitting, especially on the very large chair at the end of the slides?
also, how do you finish them?

Wonderful work.

Posted: 12:47 pm on March 10th

jonnybone jonnybone writes: can anyone recommend a decent electric chainsaw (besides the Makita) for under 100 dollars? Worx? Homelite?
Posted: 2:44 pm on October 12th

mon_y mon_y writes: Great stuff! Are any of them for sale. and what are the prices of your creations?

Posted: 1:37 pm on September 15th

B_A_M B_A_M writes: Absolutely amazing Howard you are a true artist WOW beautiful work
Posted: 3:35 am on August 13th

jdonnie59 jdonnie59 writes: All I can say is WOW, that stuff is GREAT
Posted: 5:18 pm on July 30th

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