A team of the world’s top chainsaw sculptors battle a deadline, and conflicting artistic sensibilities, to complete a series of commissioned wood carving projects on a scale never before seen. “Master Carver” and Saw Dogs Project Manager Steve Blanchard and his foreman introduce us to the hidden folk art of “Chainsaw Carving” – an incredible world hidden from the masses for over 50 years.
From Saw Dogs headquarters, Steve and his foreman pull from a pool of the best carvers in the world, matching their special skill sets to each week’s project, to craft some of the most intricate wood carvings imaginable. But unlike other crafts, chainsaw carving has an element of danger. Mistakes have resulted in loss of limb and even death. Confronting the chainsaw challenge requires a steady hand, a fearless disposition and a healthy ego.
Produced by Buck Productions (2012)
101 Furry Creek
A soaring eagle sculpture for a spectacular golf course is nearly destroyed by a rookie forklift operator.
102 Monster Wine
The carvers struggle to blend their individual styles in an enormous bar for an exclusive mountaintop winery.
103 Treehouse Fantasy
Steve has difficulty delegating work to the other carvers as they create a fantasy treehouse for a tycoon’s mansion.
104 Race to the Finish
A horse racing commission presents tough challenges, as the carvers fight both the clock and the purse.
105 First Breath
Two whales must float above twisted roots in a magical marine sculpture for a historic fishing village.
106 Hang Time
Sculpting the bust of a Superbowl punter tests the abilities of the carvers, as they attempt to create a human likeness with chainsaws.
107 Dances with Bears
A philosophizing carver conjures the image of a polar bear out of the redwood for a famed animal trainer.
108 Gone Fishing
The carvers sculpt a mermaid and massive communal table for a waterfront revitalization project.
109 Action Hero
A celebrated stunt performer is commemorated in a sculpture featuring an iconic and cinematic pose.
A sensuous sculpture for an over-the-top party at a top alpine resort provokes dissent among the carvers.