Chainsaw artist carves out life-sized horses


Each horse stands around 1.7m at the withers and is over half-a-metre wide; they are all between 2.5 - 3 metres in length and weigh from 600 - 800kg.

Chainsaw artist carves out life-sized horses

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Each horse stands around 1.7m at the withers and is over half-a-metre wide; they are all between 2.5 - 3 metres in length and weigh from 600 - 800kg.

These four life-sized chainsaw-carved horses were created by Brandon Kroon - Gippsland, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

He was commissioned by Sovereign Hill - a historical educational theme park to work on the project which is based around the gold rush times in Australia.

On average, each horse stands around 1.7m at the withers, and are over half-a-metre wide; they are all between 2.5- 3 metres in length and weigh anywhere from 600 - 800kg.

Brandon - BK Carving began the project in mid-June 2018 and juggled this with an overseas competition and other commissions, before finishing the four horses in October.

Process

Speaking to That's Farming, Brandon Kroon outlined the progress involved in the creation of this work-of-art:

"To begin with, I had to join a lot of pieces together. Each horse is made up of five different logs. After all the joining was done, about 90% of the sculpting was done with a chainsaw."

"To finish the piece, grinders and sanders were used and to get the dark colour, I burnt them with a blow torch before coating them with a water-based varnish," Brandon said.

"The first horse took a bit longer than the others, but they got quicker as I went on; on average, each horse took around 8 - 9 days to complete."

"I got lots of encouragement from my wife but apart from that these commissions were all done myself; this was the largest group commission I have taken on and certainly one of the most satisfying!" Brandon added.

A hobby becomes a business

Brandon worked as a motorbike mechanic before he began chainsaw carving as a hobby and he established his own full-time business - BK Carving six months later.

"I have been doing chainsaw carving for about 6 years now. Coming from a creative and hands-on family and after seeing it done at country shows, I decided to give it a go myself."

"After a lot of practice and advice from carvers around me, it took off from there."

The majority of his work is animal-related, especially Australian animals, as he maintains that they are very popular.

"I think my favourite things to carve are machinery-related including cars; motorbikes and I have even done a crane," Brandon concluded.

More information

For more information about BK Carving, see Facebook, Instagram and its website here.

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