How to Care for Your Chainsaw Carvings

Taking care of your chainsaw carvings require basic steps.
Taking care of your chainsaw carvings require basic steps. (Image: carved owl image by Allyson Ricketts from

Chainsaw carving is the art of creating pieces of art, such as sculptures of animals, people and objects, out of wood using a chainsaw. These pieces of art are great for gift giving as well as show pieces. Taking proper care of your chainsaw carvings can help to ensure that they last for a long time. These care tips will help to make the task easier.

Things You'll Need

  • Dishwashing detergent
  • Water
  • Cloth
  • Furniture polish

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Wash your chainsaw carving with water and a mild detergent. Pour 1/2 gallon of water into a bucket and add 1 tsp. of mild dishwashing detergent.

Dip a rag into the soapy water and use it to wash away dust and other debris from the surface of the chainsaw carving. Rinse with water and place it on a clean surface away from the sun to air dry.

Spray two squirts of furniture polish onto a clean cloth. Apply the polish to the carving in a circular motion until it is applied evenly.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keep your chainsaw carvings looking fresh by applying polyurethane to the surface once a year.
  • Do not keep your chainsaw carvings in direct sunlight to prevent drying of the wood and cracking.


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