A rip-roaring showZUMBROTA — Chainsaws have the power to chop down trees and clear lots.
By: Mikayla Cota, The Republican Eagle
ZUMBROTA — Chainsaws have the power to chop down trees and clear lots.
But the roaring machines can also be used to create statues. The Potter family from River Falls does just that.
For 17 years, the Potter family business — Cape Cod Chainsaw Art — has taken ordinary logs, and, using only a chainsaw, created works of art.
“My husband started the business, and I joined him a year later,” Joyce Potter said. She was at the Goodhue County Fair this week to exhibit her work and create work to sell in the silent auction today.
The pull for many consumers to buy the statues has been that it is done all by chainsaw.
“If I used a chisel as well as a chainsaw to help me with my work, well that would make it way too easy,” Potter joked.
Potter’s process, which she has developed over 15 years, is to carve the wood with the chainsaw, then burn the wood with the blow torch to create the shadows and tones. Next, if necessary to finish, Potter paints the wood.
“However, it is up to the customer to seal the products,” Potter said.
Her son, McKay Potter, also was at the Goodhue County Fair to help with the carving.
“I probably started creating my own pieces a few years ago, but I have been helping since I was about 5,” he said.
The family usually travels from the first week of June through Labor Day at fairs. Members also have done work for grand opening of businesses and private carvings. The family has carved many animals, different figurines including a cowboy hat and a life-sized Viking statue.
“It all depends on what the customer is looking for,” she said.
“I have probably done about 19,000 pieces of work in 16 years that I have been carving,” she added. “We have been received well in Goodhue County, I can hope we will be received well other places.”