The art of chainsaw sculpting is astonishing to think of when creating with using such an indelicate tool. Both elaborate and exhilarating, it’s also a lengthy process that takes time to perfect. However, if you give Jürgen Lingl-Rebetez a block of wood and a chainsaw, all you have to do is sit back and watch the magic happen.
The award-winning German artist carves striking lifelike wooden animals that are so detailed, it seems Jürgen is somehow able to breath life into his art.
Over the centuries, wood carving has undergone may changes, but it’s never died. And while chainsaw carving is considered as one of the most incredible art forms of the modern era, the number of interested individuals is ever increasing.
From painting to wooden animals
From an early age, Jürgen expressed an interest in painting and drawing. In his early 20s, Jürgen began his artistic career as a painter. Not so long after he discovered wood and all the beautiful things that he can create using it. After moving to Switzerland over 20 years ago, and his time in mandatory civil service, he artist took up using a chainsaw to create amazing lifelike sculptures.
Now, Jürgen is internationally recognized for his powerful wooden animals, which stare majestically out at the world with a sense of animation and spirit in each carefully constructed piece. Scroll down to see a few of his creations.