We were approached by a couple who wanted a pair of chainsaw sculptures for their wedding day. The sculptures were a surprise gift from the groom to his bride-to-be. The bride's name is Bird and her wedding ring is a bear holding a diamond. Thus, the concept of a half-bird-half-bear was born. Mark carved a bear body with a bird head and a bird body with a bear head. The sculptures stood at the entrance to their wedding venue, holding flowers and a sign laser engraved with their names. This was such a wonderful project and it was a joy to see the bride's reaction when she saw her gift for the first time. The two sculptures now stand guard at the top of the couple's driveway in Richmond, Virginia.
The sculptures complement a rustic, woodland style but are highly detailed with a smooth finish. Mark carved the pair using various chainsaws, grinders, chisels and other hand tools to bring out all the animal's details as well as the beauty of the reclaimed wood. A torch was used to burn the wood and bring out the natural grain (which produces amazing feathers!) as well as enhance the body shape and facial expression. The sculptures were then sealed with multiple coats of stain finish clear oil-based polyurethane.