Chainsaw Art (lumber sculpture) from Boot Jack Mountain (Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #64)

The Lens-Artists Photo Challenge this week invites bloggers to share photos from the countryside or small towns. Amy is hosting this week HERE

Today I have art from Boot Jack Mountain in scenic Pennsylvania. The town has less than 5,000 people.

In 1900, the people living in Ridgeway, PA was 3,515; in 1940, 6,253; and in 2010, 4,078.

I am going to start off with this photo – I call it “Boot Jack Mountain Howl”

In June 2018, while helping my mother make the drive up north, we had the chance to stop at The Appalachian Arts Studio. 

The studio is in the small town of Ridgeway, Pennsylvania.

The studio is a place for creating and they also offer artist retreats and workshops – Appalachian Arts Stuio website is HERE. 

Their motto is “LIFE EXCEEDING THE DREAM.”

Isn’t that nice?

 

 

Small Town Chainsaw Art

View from the front
Nice variety
Work in Progress

 

One of the artists, Joe, showed us around. Joe is “a body work artist who takes his passion and creative abilities from painting and airbrush work to chainsaw artist. Born and raised in the Allegheney Mountains, Joe’s love for the outdoors and nature lends credibility and authenticity to his artwork. His unique interpretation and bold rugged style create a flair of movement in the log. His “finishing techniques” will inspire growth for the artform.” MORE HERE at their website

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Many of us know Route 219 well, which starts in West Seneca, New York and runs 535 miles south to Rich Creek, Virginia. There are stories of horrible accidents and times when sections are shutdown because of snow. The worse snowstorm I have ever driven in was on the 219, as a teenager, in Orchard Park, NY. The visibility was so low and I felt invincible after conquering that drive home.
Leaving the studio and exiting Boot Jack Mountain as we take the 219 north. And route 219 is sure pleasant in the summer. But beware in the winter….

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51 thoughts on “Chainsaw Art (lumber sculpture) from Boot Jack Mountain (Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #64)

    1. thanks 🙂
      and in certain parts of Florida (you might have seen some) they turn old tree stumps into works of art like this – leaving them still in tact in the ground

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      1. Never been to Florida. But one of my dad’s neighbors had a tall stump carved into a large sculpture. The chainsaw art is popular up in the upper left corner (the Pacific Northwest), as well.

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  1. Great post. We are always amazed when we visit exhibits like this and see the talent. My goodness drawing is one thing but carving with a chainsaw… well that’s something. We visited one in Tupper Lake, NY at their Woodsman Field Day and they represented artist like this from many states.

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    1. Oh how fun to see so many at Tupper Lake
      I have seen chainsaw artists carve ice – and the wood is serious stuff too!
      Cheers and thanks for the visit and comment
      Hope you guys are doing great this week
      😊

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