What To Do With My Wood

I always knew that I would have to do something with the troublesome trees that started me down this road to chainsaw and blogging obsession. It wasn’t a question of “if” but of “what”. Then along came Carver Kings and their episode on carving/building a massive medieval table (see review here), and it hit me: I need a new table and I need something to write about in this crazy quest to create the world’s best chainsawing adventure blog. Why not combine these two things into a new adventure? I had already purchased a Granberg chainsaw mill and had planned on milling some of this wood into useful lumber of some sort. Why not a table top? Now all I needed was something for a base. The Carver Kings had used stumps for their base, and it looked freaking impressive. I happened to have a couple of stumps that I had thought might make good fodder for a foray into carving. Why not use one for the base?

Stihl MS 271 vs poplar stump

Poplar stump excavated, cleaned and awaiting surgery.

Deciding to use one of the stumps for a table base was easy. Anybody can decide , “Hey, I’ll use one of these stumps as a table base.” Deciding is easy. Getting the sucker out of the ground without doing too much damage to the stump, myself, or my chainsaw would prove another matter. My design for the base involved incorporating some of the root structure, and incorporating the roots meant digging to expose those roots for surgery. Digging the roots was a bit of a chore, but the use of a small Karcher K2.27 CCK pressure washer helped both in softening/moving the earth away from the roots, and in cleaning as much abrasive dirt off of the roots as possible in the hopes of not totally destroying the chain on my saw. Of course, the problem with digging and cutting roots lies in the danger of hitting rocks and dirt which can dull (or break) a chain in an instant.

Stihl MS 271 cutting Poplar stump

Watch the dirt, jerk!

 

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Chainsaw Music Volume 2

In our quest to become the best chainsaw blog on the net, we always try to share our passion for the grand adventure that is our descent into the madness of chainsaw obsession.   In a previous blog post, I promised to scour the internet in search of fine examples of chainsaw music.  Once again we will return to those kings of chainsaw music: the illustrious Jackyl.  Today’s offering is the title track from the 1996 CD Cut the Crap. With a driving guitar riff and a grooving bass line, Jackyl‘s “Cut the Crap” is a satisfying piece of hard rock sleaze.  Although the “chainsaw solo” is not the roaring perfection of Jackyl‘s earlier “Lumberjack”,  the chainsaw riffing does provide great accompaniment to the driving rhythm of the bass line.  Sadly, there is no official video release of this song due to the grunge explosion that gutted the hard rock and metal scene of the nineties era, but the track is well worth a listen.  Chainsaw lovers will not be disappointed.  For more Jackyl info, check the official page http://www.rockmerollmejackylmeoff.com/

Next up is a great offering from the Finnish masters of horror rock: Lordi‘s “Chainsaw Buffet”.  Coming off of their 2006 hit album The Arockalypse, this song also lacks an official video, but it does feature Twisted Sister‘s axeman Jay Jay French.  There are no chainsaw solos, but the song does have a chainsaw roaring intro.  A tongue-in-cheek song for horror fans, the song does have a great guitar solo and a catchy chorus.  Give it a listen.  Check the official webpage http://www.lordi.fi/

Our next video is a straight-up hard rock outing by the young band Red In White. The song has “Chainsaw” as its title and is off of the 2013 album Wildness Within.  The video features a brief glimpse of a familiar chainsaw wielding horror hero.  This This Brazillian hard rock band delivers a classic rock video and features some excellent guitar work by Daniel Scarr.  A satisfying musical romp well worth five minutes of your time.  Visit their official site here

Our final selection is a zany offering from Atlanta based Family Force Five. This is an interesting rap/hip hop video from 2013’s Reanimated, and it  introduces a chainsaw inspired dance move.  This video also includes footage of band members destroying innocent furniture with an abused Husqvarna in a manner very reminiscent of Jackyl’s “Lumberjack” video.  Although not my usual genre of choice, this video is a pretty fun outing in the arena of chainsaw music (I do recommend a viewing of their latest video “Sweep the Leg”).  Family Force Five’s official website can be found here.