Robby Bast - Victoria

Rob Bast is a self taught sculptor form the Yarra Valley.

He works with various materials such as wood, steel, ice and stone.

Having always enjoyed drawing and sculpture, Rob started chainsaw carving in 2003 and then started sculpting full time in 2009 building a thriving business concentrating on chainsaw carving and metal sculpture.

Rob has been invited to compete at chainsaw sculpture competitions nationally and internationally:

Echo Chainsaw carving championship series Tas, WA, Vic 2006- 2008
World Ice Art competition Fairbanks Alaska 2007
Carv-a-palooza Ontario Canada 2011
Duck Creek International Carving Competition 2013
US Open Chainsaw Carving Competition 2013
Australian Chainsaw Carving Championships Victoria Australia 2014,
Chetwynd Invitational Chainsaw Carving Championship BC Canada 2014,
Ocean Shores Sand & Sawdust Competition Washington USA 2014
Invited to:
 Husky Cup Mulda Germany 2015
Chetwynd International Chainsaw Carving Championships BC Canada 2015
Australian Chainsaw Carving Championships 2015

Rob has also demonstrated chainsaw carving at numerous shows and festivals throughout Australia.

 

Brandon Kroon - Victoria

Brandon Kroon has been passionate about creating, fixing and working with his hands ever since he could remember. Entering into the chainsaw carving and sculpting scene in 2013.  He has done a wide selection of artworks in Australia, competed and placed in the national carving championship, and has attended numerous shows and events.
Located in Melbourne’s Outer East, in Mount Evelyn, Brandon has been mentored and trained by some of the country’s best carvers, and has developed and taken his own personal style into the industry.
For Brandon, “Creating inspiring works of art and bringing wood form to life is what chainsaw sculpture is all about”.
2017 will be the fourth year running in which Brandon has competed in the Australian Chainsaw Carving Championship, something to which he looks forward to with much anticipation.

 

Jeff Samudosky - USA

2016 second place in the Australian Chainsaw Carving Championships.

Born and raised in Shelton, Connecticut, Jeff studied art and photography in high school. After graduating, he traveled the continent as an Outward Bound instructor, ice climber, and whitewater rafting guide. In Jackson Hole, Wyoming he trained as an Alpine mountaineering guide and became certified as a wilderness emergency medical technician.
That was also the place where his life changed drastically. A crash while snowboarding left Jeff with a broken back and no feeling in his legs. After eight months of painful recovery, Jeff was back on his feet.
While visiting Vermont, he noticed some wood carvings along the side of a road. He thought, “I could do that” and that was the beginning of J.M.S. Wood Sculpture in 1998. The business has allowed Jeff to live all over the country and travel all over the world participating in competitions and become involved in the carving community.
LOGGERODEO – SEDRO-WOOLLEY, WA
4th PLACE JUDGES'S CHOICE 2015
2nd PLACE JUDGE'S CHOICE 2014
1st PLACE QUICK CARVE AUCTION 2014
1st PLACE JUDGE'S CHOICE 2013
1st PLACE PEOPLE’S CHOICE 2013
1st PLACE CARVER’S CHOICE 2013
1st & 2nd QUICK CARVE AUCTION 2013
INT'L CHAINSAW CARVING COMPETITION –
CHETWYND, BC CANADA
3rd PLACE JUDGE'S CHOICE 2015
3rd PLACE JUDGE'S CHOICE 2014
1st PLACE JUDGE'S CHOICE 2013
1st PLACE CARVER’S CHOICE 2013
3rd PLACE JUDGE'S CHOICE 2012
CRAFT INVITATIONAL -- SELDOVIA, AK
1st PLACE JUDGE'S CHOICE 2014
1st PLACE PEOPLE'S CHOICE 2014
THE HUSKY WORLD CUP – MULDA, GERMANY
1st PLACE JUDGE'S CHOICE. 2012
1st PLACE PEOPLE’S CHOICE 2011
3rd PLACE JUDGE'S CHOICE 2011

 

Angie Polglaze - Victoria

Angie has been a full time ‘Chainsaw Chick’ for almost 20 years. 
With her art practice taking her across the globe,
Angie is a founding member of a wickedly talented international team of female carvers, the “Chainsaw Chix’, and is the only carver in the world to have won first place in chainsaw carving competitions in Australia, Scotland and the USA … while taking many seconds and placing high in numerous other events, especially in Europe and the US.
Angie has completed many successful projects in schools working closely with the students on design and finish of lasting projects for their schools.  “Kids have the best ideas !!”
  She will make to order and is a popular performer at festivals and community events.
“It is said that life is a journey, and mine has been a fabulous creative adventure … I love it.  I’m really looking forward to Skyhigh again.  Such a cool event in a beautiful setting, and a terrific opportunity to catch up
For pictures and an idea of what I can do check out my web presence at -
http://angiepolglaze.blogspot.com.au/

 

Hikaru Kodama - Japan

2016 winner of the Australian Chainsaw Carving Championships

2008 Tasmanian International Chainsaw Carving Competition  1st
2013 Duck Creek International Chainsaw Carving Competition  (USA) 2nd
2013 English Open chainsaw carving competition  1st
2014 Australian chainsaw carving championship 1st
2014 Oregon divisional chainsaw sculpting championship (USA) 3rd
2014 English open chainsaw carving competition  1st
2015  Australian chainsaw carving championship 2nd
2015 Oregon divisional chainsaw sculpting championship (USA) 2nd
2015 Alaska Cup Chainsaw carving Championship(USA) Carvers choice Award
2015 US Open Chainsaw Sculpture Championship (USA) 3rd
2015  English Open chainsaw carving competition  3rd
2016 Oregon divisional chainsaw sculpting championship  2nd
12 years experience
Website: http://hikaru201.wix.com/chainsawart
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/hikaru.kodama

 

Matt Bird - Queensland

2016 3rd place in the Australian Chainsaw Carving Championships and winner of the people's choice award.

I’ve been carving part time as a hobby since 2010 and have placed equal 1st in 2012 at Melany Wood Expo, I have also received the People’s Choice Awards.  I live in the Gold Coast Hinterland and do carving at some local shows.

 

Molly Wiste - Minnesota

I teach art in Northern Minnesota.  I enjoy art, and spent time oil painting before I started carving. Once I moved to Northern Minnesota I met some great people that were more than willing to share their knowledge of carving with me. First I had a lesson in Scandinavian Flat Plane carvings, so I began carving small 7'' figures with a knife.  Later I stopped in a local shop, and was offered a chainsaw carving lesson.  I love chainsaw carving because of the speed, and the large size of the carvings I am able to create; they have large impact.  I enjoy the wood because it's natural, and has beauty marks like knots, cracks, worm holes, and wood grain.  I have started to carve at town events, and carving competitions, and enjoy the challenge, as well as being able to carve next to amazing carvers from around the world - http://www.wistewoodworks.com/

 

Martin Komarek - Czech Republic

Martin has been carving since 1994 and has been taking part in Timbersports competitions for over 9 years.
4 times European champion
4 times 3rd place for WCHCH
3 times 2nd place for WCHCH
Tree climbing
Trainer for Timbersports

 

Rodger Hannemann - Queensland

I am a self taught chainsaw sculptor from Queensland. I have been sculpting as a hobby over the past 8 years but decided to get serious in 2016 and follow my dreams of becoming a full-time chainsaw artist. I have done shows throughout Queensland and New South Wales which have been a blast - There is nothing better than the look of disbelief on peoples faces as you bring a log back to life.

 

Steve Kenzora - Canada