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Chainsaw Carving

Work with timber on a different scale. Creatively apply fundamental chainsaw skills to begin sculpting and gain the coolest hobby you'll ever have.

You’ll learn skills and techniques in planning a piece, chainsaw safety, basic operation, uses of timber and design, and expert finishing and oils. Once you've covered the fundamentals, you'll create several fresh carvings of your own design. You’ll work with camphor laurel timber harvested from Bellingen river banks, a soft timber with a lovely aroma and beautiful glow after polishing. You’ll also be part of reducing an introduced species that damages local waterways and bushland. In 2020, this course will be exclusively for battery powered chainsaws. Tutor Matt George is available to discuss options with students looking to make the change.

  • Adults: $418.00
  • Under 18: $242.00

Prices include GST


Age 18+
Skill Level Intermediate
Time slot Whole week - full days
Status Available.
Location Bellingen High School

More about the course

**Please note this course is a whole day course not a half day course as incorrectly stated in our brochure**


As usual the material you will be using is camphor laurel which has been clogging creeks in the Bellingen area. It is a forgiving, soft timber with a lovely aroma and has a beautiful glow when polished. There is a charge of $60 for the wood to cover haulage costs payable to the tutor on the first day.


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Matt George

Matt George

Matt George is a passionate chainsaw artist and events sculptor of over ten years. Initially inspired to begin carving by the native creatures in his home of Maleny, he began expand his individual practice artwork to carving for the public in shows all around Australia. He pushes himself to create finer work without losing his touch for delivering simplicity and the feelings that go with each piece.

Course Requirements

What to bring ?

All wood will be supplied for this course for $60 payable to the tutor on the first day.

  • Battery powered chain-saw
  • Steel cap boots
  • Chaps (desirable)
  • safety glasses
  • Gloves 
  • minimum of 2 new files to suit their saws
  • refillable water bottle lunch or lunch money

Please feel free to contact me on treeservice.matt@gmx.com if you have any questions.

Safety gear will be discussed prior to working with saws and understanding human principal when creating so each member can do as they feel, unless the group is involved in discussion!

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