Ohio Artist Uses Chainsaw to Create Wood Sculptures

Andy Hall said it was his father, Mike, who taught him the craft when he was just 15. Today, he has turned a hobby into a business.

PATASKALA, Ohio — Andy Hall has an artistic flair you don’t see every day.

“It’s art,” he says. “I was always an artist growing up. Painting, spray paint art [and] string art.

But what he’s doing now is a bit more nervous.

“You can do a lot of things with a saw blade that I didn’t know you could do,” he said.

Using a chainsaw, Hall created incredibly detailed works of art. He calls it therapeutic.

“It also helps me decompress,” he said. “Like, if I focus on one thing and just focus on that…all my stress and everything else goes away.”

A chainsaw probably isn’t the first thing on your list when you think of stress management, but it works for Hall.

“That’s really where my passion lies,” he said.

Over the past five years, Hall’s carvings started making commission pieces and custom orders, from eagles to turtles, from bears to cardinals, from Grogu to Groot.

He said his favorite piece he has made is a seven-and-a-half-foot eagle with an American flag that overlooks Choctaw Lake.

After the carving, Hall sands, burns, uses precision tools for finer detail, and paints the objects.

“It’s something I like to do,” he says. “I’ve never found anything nicer than that.”

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