We had a rather large maple cut down that grew next to the deck, sending
lateral roots across the lawn and dumping all kinds of debris on the deck
I had the tree service leave a 3.5 foot stump with a plan to have someone
come out to transform it into a piece of lawn art.
A gentleman that is widely known throughout Missouri for his chainsaw carvings
wanted $800 for carving some woodland creature or owls into the trunk. Being
frugal (cheap) by nature, I decided I could do this myself and so I set out
to turn the trunk into something wonderful. I found out right away
that chainsaw carving is not for the novice and I abandoned the chainsaw
in favor of a 1 inch carpenter chisel. I later purchased some additional
chisels that helped with the finer cuts. I also used a Dremel tool
for some of the sanding.
My original plan was to recreate the face of the dwarf warrior in "Lord
of the Rings" but chainsaw mishaps etc made the final product
look more like Jesus. At least that's what my neighbor says.