Josh Blewett uses a chainsaw for a paintbrush. His sculptures reveal the beauty of the carefully selected wood and have a life and flow of their own. He's located on Hwy 26, east of "The Junction," where the road from Portland merges into Hwy 101.
Above: Ikala Nawan, “Whispering Giant,” in Astoria, Oregon, created by Hungarian-born sculptor, Peter Wolf Toth, who lives in Edgewater, Florida. In 1988 he accomplished his goal of placing one of his works in each USA State. The Whispering Giant is dedicated to the Clatsop, Chinook, and other Northwest Coastal Indian tribes.
The Master of all
In 2007, hidden in the hills, along the winding road that links Bandon to Coquille Oregon, we found unbelievable chainsaw art. Several of his works were located at the Red Rooster Restaurant in Coquille, including a very long table
Above: When a kite string escaped from the beach, sailed over several blocks to tangle in my tree, it was a blessing in disguise. It caught my attention. I realized my tree was slowly twisting and leaning. A previous topping had caused 2 branches to turn upward to become a new bushy wind catching highly unstable 24 foot top. It probably would not have survived another big winter storm and it probably would have landed on the ridge beam of my home, possibly slicing my house in two. I asked a master craftsman to come get that kite string out of my tree and while he was at it, shorten my tree without killing it, or damaging nearby structures. He did. Now, years later, the tree is alive and still standing.
Josh Blewett Chainsaw Sculptures
Some of the best chainsaw art is invisible. Skilled masters work in the tree tops, making tall trees shorter. Without them, winter storms would bring down many rather than a few. Dropping the top out of a 100 foot tree, while standing in it, is tricky. Having it land without damaging anything is an art and extremely difficult. The artists in the 2 videos, below, make it look easy. It's not.
Above: Old Forestry Building (1905-1964), erected for Lewis and Clark Expo. Portland OR. It was the “world’s largest log cabin,” located in Portland Oregon. It died 17 Aug 1964, when a fire totally destroyed the 206 x102 feet, near 1/2 acre cabin of a “full million board feet of lumber.”
Above: “New” Forestry Building.
There was not enough old growth left to re-construct the original massive structure - or at least that’s what I was told in 1964. It is now the World Forestry Center located across from the Portland Zoo and Hoyt Arboretum.
For more pics and info: Finn J.D. http://www.offbeatoregon.com/ 17 Jun 2012. Web. 19 May 2014. More historical views of Portland: Mark Moore, www.pdxhistory.com; Grant Keltner, grantkeltner.com; worldforestry.org; Long, James Andrew. Oregon Firsts: Past and Present. North Plains, Ore.: Pumpkin Ridge, 1994)
The Spruce Goose,
of Howard Hughes and WWII fame, was the largest airplane ever constructed and made almost entirely of birch wood due to wartime restrictions on metals. It was flown only once with Howard Hughes on board. It was airborne for about 1 minute, and traveled about 70 miles. It was purchased in 1992 by Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum of McMinnville, OR. “The Flying Boat was disassembled and transported by barge up the West Coast, then down the Columbia and Willamette Rivers, to Portland, Oregon. It remained there for several months, until water levels permitted the huge structures to safely pass under the Willamette’s many bridges. Finally, in February 1993, the aircraft was transported by truck for the last 7.5 miles to McMinnville, Oregon. …In 2001, re-assembly of the Hughes Flying Boat was completed in its new home.” It is now on display for all to see.
Above: Shingles cut to represent waves by MS Faulkner, once served as a wall mural in a Portland Oregon surf shop.
Above: Shingle art covers exterior walls of an old building, Wheeler Oregon
Above: Wood carver of Bandon Oregon carves small and large items.
Left: Creator unknown, this bear sets before a coffee stand in south Seaside OR.
Not All Big Trees are "Old Growth"
Logging: An Oregon Tradition
The difference between
Selective Cutting & Clear Cutting.
Above: My century old spruce tree, survived several years, battered by Seaside Oregon’s winter storms, after being downsized as seen in my video “How to remove a kite string.” In 2019, I discovered disturbed ground under it. It had to be shortened again. Sandwiched between buildings, it was in a tricky spot. Justin of Quality Tree Removal, “chunked it” to a safe height. I was taken by Justin’s movements and speed. Just had to do this video of him. It’s in real time with only about 30 seconds edited out. He actually moved that fast.
Logging skills developed before automation are demonstrated at lumberjack rodeos, or festivals. Several Oregon locations conduct annual Lumberjack shows, including the Astoria Timber Festival.
Above: 2010 Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show, Ketchikan