Jonathan Sherwood


A little bit about me: I am a part time sculptor on the side of my day job and university studies (Materials Engineering) and currently live in Harrogate. I first started chainsaw carving about 7 years ago and have been developing my skills ever since.

I love travelling, keeping active and spending time with family and friends. I'm very fortunate that I have managed to turn my creative streak to good uses and make things that people appreciate and enjoy,  I have always enjoyed working with my hands whether that be art or making something functional. I enjoy woodwork in particular because it is a wonderful material to work with but i have ambitions to try out some other materials for my work too. 



About Chainsaw Carving

Chainsaw carving is a form of power carving which mainly relies on the use of a chainsaws to sculpt the wood into the desired subject, hand chisels are rarely used except for very fine detail. As a esult chainsaw carvings can be produced relatively quickly in comparison with most other forms of sculpture. Chainsaw carving is thought to have originated in he US and has gradually been growing in popularity in the UK.


Clearly the most common material I sculpt in is wood (Although I have now sculpted in polystyrene and hope to try more), it lends itself well to being sculpted and is hard wearing and has the natural feel which most other materials lack. Generally i sculpt from 'green' logs, which means wood which has not been dried. The species of wood does not matter too drastically as long as it is in reasonably good condition, some species are better suited than others to resisting rot or splitting which i can advise you on as required.


Unfortunately there is no simple answer to this as cost is very variable depending on; size, complexity, wood supply etc. For a better idea of cost it is a good idea to get in touch, costs for sculptures start as low as £30


To look after your carving and make sure it lasts as long as possible there are a few steps you can take. Firstly, location: try to avoid overly damp environments or spots with lots of sunlight (like small courtyards with windows). Secondly, treatment: I will advise on what treatment has been used for your carving, for best results every 6 months, you can get away with 12 or 24 but the more regularly the better. That's it! If you have any more questions please get in touch