Sculptor Shane Christensen carves out an owl with his chainsaw in front of the Goomeri Show crowds on March 24, 2018.
Sculptor Shane Christensen carves out an owl with his chainsaw in front of the Goomeri Show crowds on March 24, 2018. Shane Christensen

Chainsaw sculpts some fun

GOOMERI had a hoot out of the weekend's show with a sculpting demonstration.

Sculptor Shane Christensen made an owl sculpture in front of the crowds with his various tools.

"I start with large tools and work my way down to power tools,” he said.

The owl sculpture was mostly done with a chainsaw, and was auctioned off at the end of the day for $825.

"I've got five hours today which is pushing it to make something out of a big log, but I'll make something happen,” Mr Christensen said.

The wooden sculpture was made out of an old apple tree stump found on the Goomeri showgrounds.

A sculpture made out of a log of hardwood like the owl will last outside for a long time, he said.

His sculpting journey started about 20 years ago when a mentor in Bundaberg showed him a few tricks with chisels.

He progressed his way up to the chainsaw over the last year and a half.

"It's just a bit quicker, and bigger,” Mr Christensen said.

Mr Christensen mostly does shows and a lot of private commissions, as well as a bit of private art.

"It's good to get around to the different areas, different country towns and different timbers and people,” Mr Christensen said.

His favourite project would be creating sculptures to go in school gardens which hold stingless bee hives.

"So the bees fly out of the mouth of the sculpture, they're popular in the schools,” Mr Christensen said.

The school kids can then enjoy eating the honey and the bees can pollinate the gardens without the kids getting worried about being stung, he said.

The demonstration event was sponsored by Murgon Tyre and Auto and Murgon Outdoor Equipment.