Hallowe’en Jack O’Lantern


Photo by A.J. Kilpatrick

A shot of Jack looking devilish awaiting ol’ Hallow’s Eve.


With Hallowe’en coming up, I decided to experiment with carving a Jack O’Lanten with the ol’ trusty Stihl MS 193 C and MSA 200 CBE.  Carving a pumpkin is a relatively easy task, but hollowing out the pumpkin from the bottom, and carving a face into it is a bit more difficult.  Luckily, I made it through the hollowing process and face carving without any disastrous slips.  Carving with chainsaws is a lot of fun, but they are pretty unforgiving in that they can go from “that’s just about right” to Oh, crap, it’s ruined” in a heartbeat.


Legend says that the fire lighting Jack’s lantern was a wee bit of hell-fire to light his way through his cursed existence. A little reminder of why it isn’t always a great thing to outwit the devil.

The real challenge to the Jack O’Lantern process was getting the pumpkin hollowed enough and the facial features deep enough to really allow the light source to shine through.  Altogether, this isn’t a crazy difficult carve by any stretch of the imagination.  It is a fun way to cut your teeth on the whole chainsaw carving thing.  After the carving process was finished, I was really aggressive with the torch.  My reasoning was two-fold: one, I was too lazy to bother doing any sanding, and two, the aggressive charring seemed to add to the creepiness of  Ol’ Jack.

photo by A.J. Kilpatrick

Although hollowing out the sculpted lantern was a pain, it seems to have achieved the desired spook factor.

Review of the Stihl MSA 200 C-BQ

After spending the summer having fun in the sun, doing many  different projects and just enjoying the East Coast’s short summer while totally neglecting this humble chainsaw blog, we are finally ready to bring you our review of Stihl’s entry into the world of lithium ion outdoor power equipment: the MSA 200 C-BQ.

The Stihl MSA 200 C-BQ is a great saw.  It will make a believer out of most naysayers who doubt that a battery powered saw has any place in the stable of “serious” operators.  This saw will not replace large felling saws or a dedicated firewood cutter, but then it was never intended too.  The 200 C could replace your small limbing saw or your arborist’s saw.  It’s performance is comparable to most sub 40 cc gas saws, although it’s power lies more in it’s torque than in high chain speeds.  What really makes this saw stand out is it’s remarkable ease of use, and its clean, quiet, practically maintenance free operation.  The MSA 200 C-BQ is so quick and easy to use that you will find you reach for it whenever you have a job that doesn’t absolutely require a large displacement saw.

Photo by A.J. Kilpatrick

Stihl MSA 200 C-BQ is a strong contender whose incredible performance coupled with it’s remarkable ease of use will make it a go-to saw in anyone’s stable.

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