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Chainsaw carving in Eucalyptus. Roughly 2m long from tail to nose. took me about 13 hours or so over 2 days. Biggest piece i have done so far but then i have only been carving for about 4 months :biggrin:

Owners were very pleased with it which is the main thing

I was a little nervous at the start, such a big piece and having to work off the ground but i was pleased with the end result

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Thats Fantastic ...very stealthy !! Nervous ? Is this your first piece "for a customer in situ" ? I can imagine that would be a bit of pressure especially if they keep peekin out the window !!! Eucalyptus ... does it smell nice and did you leave the cubs tail til last ???

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The clients were my parents so slightly easier BUT in a way, harder! Main nerves were about trying to hold the plan in my head when i had to carve 1 day, miss a day and then carve again on the third day (i did the CS30 training/assessment on the middle day). Smell nice? hmm.. no, not especially. Its very hard wood (had to re-sharpen the chains a couple of times) and had a slight 'medicinal' small but not massively. Its been dead for a long time and was pretty dry so perhaps thats why? The cub was a last-minute addition. I wanted to complete the story and there needed to be a reason why shy was climbing teh tree. either 'prey' or cub. I decided on the cub but only wanted to suggest teh shape, not carve it in detail. given i could only just reach the cub with my arms extended i couldnt do much in teh way of detail anyway

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Thats good news ... congrats... I was interested as you were askin about assessment on a previous thread . I did cs30/31 with Phil Dunford about two and a half years ago.... I found him a top bloke although he was frettin back then as he had just learned he was having wind turbines very close to his property ... have they happened ?? I did 5 days but i didnt do the assessment as I couldnt justify the cost ... I only cut fell and carve on my own land ... would liked to have done it but the cash bought me a saw carvin bar sprocket and chain ... ready to go .... i'm sure i would have been very nervous back then ... anyway well done its nice to achieve !!!

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Phil is a star! not only knows his stuff to a fantastic level of detail but is also SOOOO enthusiastic! By the end of the day I was considering doing the felling course as well :) I had 1-to-1 training so could get it knocked off quickly and so could learn some more advanced cuttign techniques. I also learnt soem stuff that i didnt know... maintainance stuff that I would have been uncertain to do myself before it. I can't recommend him enough

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