Introduction: Chain Saw Carving a Eagle Head

A few months ago I decided to try my hand at chainsaw carving, I wanted a chainsaw carved eagle to put in front of the new house my wife and I were building that would display the house number. I had never chainsaw carved before so I tried the most simplistic shaped animal I could think of. A FISH. When I was finished it was not half bad so I figured this Eagle just might be do-able. I did some searching on line for how to's and found a good description illustration on blocking out the beginning steps. Here is what I did to complete my Eagle.

Step 1: Planning and Blocking Out

After printing some different views of eagle heads and having them laminated it was time to tackle the biggest hurdle. How do you stand a 8 ft by 20inch oak log upright with out heavy machinery. I made a lever out of 2x4's that I attached to the bottom of the log and then I tied a rope from my truck to the top of the log and stood it up.

Next plan out first cuts by dividing the log into quarters. My log is 20" diameter I put a line down the center at 10" then split them again at 5" front to back and side by side. Then I marked 10" down and 20" down the log.

Next was to make the first few cuts.

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Step 2: Continue Shaping

Now that I started cuts it was just a matter of using my reference pictures and taking a few steps back to think about my next cut. Remember you can always take more off but putting back on is really hard.

Step 3: Tools I Use

Before we get carried away I should tell you about the tools I used. I do not have a super expensive Echo or Stihl chainsaw. I do not have a carving bar on my saw.

My tools:

Chainsaw - Craftsman 16" bar

Angle grinder - 4" porter cable

grinder wheels - 4" sander flap discs different grits

4" chainsaw disc from King Aurthur tools

Let me say the King Aurthur tools chainsaw wheel is absolutely terriffyng and awesome at the same time. treat this with respect.

Step 4: More Shaping

The wood started to checker so after i was done carving for the day I would apply wood conditioner to keep some moisture in the wood

Step 5: Cutting in the Details

This is where the reference photos really come into play. Make sure to use them and take your time checking both side of the eagle.

Step 6: Some Visitors

As I was working one day I looked back and saw that I had some visitors. This was pretty cool I felt as if they were there approving of my work. (I know great picture from my phone)

Step 7: Details and Stain

Step 8: Finally Cutting in the House Number

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ericwlff made it!(author)2015-05-08

You wouldn't happen to have a video would you? This is cool!

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zaphod07 made it!(author)2015-05-08

sorry no video.
And thanks

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ericwlff made it!(author)2015-05-09

Alright. I'm going to make this one day. Thanks for the idea.

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TrollFaceTheMan made it!(author)2014-09-27

Very Nice Peice :)

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TrollFaceTheMan made it!(author)2014-09-27

Piece*

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Passion+Make made it!(author)2014-09-26

Awesome :)

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JM1999 made it!(author)2014-09-26

Even better after visiting Chetwind chainsaw carving contest!

Nicely executed piece of work.

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zaphod07 made it!(author)2014-09-26

thanks

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CreationBoy- made it!(author)2014-08-24

Manliest thing ever.

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zaphod07 made it!(author)2014-08-27

thanks

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wyldestyle made it!(author)2014-08-24

fantastic ... I have been considering doing a sculpture for the garden also... if it comes out half as good as yours I will be happy... bravo

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zaphod07 made it!(author)2014-08-27

thanks, just take your time.

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seamster made it!(author)2014-08-24

Awesome! This is impressive, especially for a "beginner."

I love that you can see real eagles from your house. So jealous!

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zaphod07 made it!(author)2014-08-27

Thanks you

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BARKing made it!(author)2014-08-24

Great job. You should think about joining the carving competition on the last week of June. Transformations on the Shore in Campbell River BC. There are usually about 30 chain saw carvers from around the world. The professionals are very good with helping the novices and each other.

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zaphod07 made it!(author)2014-08-27

Going to BC would be awesome, just a little out of the way.

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TheSamuraiEater made it!(author)2014-08-24

awesome eagle makes me wish I could have learned how to chainsaw carve from Dennis Roghair but unfortunatly he passed away before I could learn from him. look up some of his work for some more inspiration.

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zaphod07 made it!(author)2014-08-27

there are some nice carvings

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quinault made it!(author)2014-08-26

magnificent work!

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zaphod07 made it!(author)2014-08-27

Thanks

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MsSweetSatisfaction made it!(author)2014-08-24

Wow it looks so great! If you want to get rid of the extra steps here is an instructable on how to use the new editor: https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-an-Ins...

Thanks for sharing!

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zaphod07 made it!(author)2014-08-24

thanks

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caitlinsdad made it!(author)2014-08-24

Cool! This reminds me of the carved eagle near a relative's house. http://patch.com/new-jersey/longvalley/liberty-eag...

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