I grew up around chainsaws, but I’d never heard of chainsaw sculpting. Then, around twenty years ago, a friend (who knew I could draw) asked me to do a piece for him. Now I’m a self-taught, almost fully employed chainsaw sculptor.
If you’re travelling south from Neerim South, look out for the face of the Norse god Odin and two of his ravens. I carved them into the remains of a giant gum tree overlooking Main Neerim Road.
About my work
I create timber carvings from existing tree stumps and logs. Most of my work is commissioned. I’m passionate about working with timber at its raw state and creating in a realm of endless possibility.
Follow me on Instagram @paulstaffordtreecarver
Is there a link between gardening and your creative practice?
My timber sculptures go hand and hand with the natural environment.
What will you show and share on the day?
I’ll share my inspiration and enjoyment in working outdoors and creating raw art in timber.
What's in your veggie patch?
I like to grow whatever I can.