|Cowboy & Eagle Americana|
One of these stump carvings begins with visiting the location to examine the stump. Once I figure out what the customer 'really' wants me to carve, a few things have to be looked at before coming up with a price. Such as:
|Two bears, squirrel & raccoon.|
Is is rotten or solid?
Will the design fit inside of the stump?
Is scaffold needed?
And how far must I drive by the time I bid the job, carve the figure, oil the surface, and return later to seal it with urethane?
Then there is the schedule. "You want it by the weekend? HA HA HA HA HA!!!" I'll do my best but unless you can control the weather, there is no guarantee. Locally, wind causes more delays for me than does the rain.
|Eagle & Salmon|
What can go wrong? Mostly minor things...
If the job is large, the big hunks of wood removed, as well as scaffold feet, will dent or otherwise damage your lawn. (A small price to pay for a large piece of art.)
Spontaneous design changes occur due to flaws and foreign objects in the wood. I've found bullets, nails, screws, spikes, staples, barbed wire, ceramic insulators and even a wrench buried under the bark of a tree!
However, the majority of what can go wrong occurs after the carving is complete and I have moved on. It is the owners responsibility to protect and maintain their property (artwork). I have provided a short video on caring for chainsaw carvings. To see the video, click here.