Bob is a past graduate of the Wisconsin Chainsaw Carving School
Carver Wins National Contest
By Eau Claire Leader-Telegram Staff 12/19/2008
Robert Giede of Menomonie is best known for making intricate jewelry,
but his recent work with a chain saw and white pine stump won a national
contest held by Browning Arms.
The contest invited people to design Browning's Buckmark logo and send
in a photo of the design.
Entries included photos of tattoos, carved pumpkins, cakes and even
an aerial photo of a corn maze with a Buckmark logo.
The photos were posted on the company's Web site, and visitors voted
on their favorites.
Giede's stump was picked as one of the favorites out of about 900 submissions.
He won a Browning rifle.
More importantly, for his Robert Giede Designs jewelry business, his
name and work will be featured in national outdoor magazines.
"The winner won their choice of a new rifle or shotgun, but for me the
PR was more important," he said.
He made his design out of a stump that was left after a storm blew over
the tree at his cabin on the Chippewa River, upriver from Flater's Resort.
|Israel is a small country, focused, to a great
extent, on survival issues, and poor in forests.
Talya with her
Left to right:
Dean Gannon, Jeremy McCrank, Brian Johnson Instructor, Talya Selbst, and
As a result,
wood resources are limited and expensive. Wood working too, is far from
wide spread as in the U.S. But, wood is a wonderful material, always fashionable,
in construction, furniture, arts and crafts, all over the world, including
Israel. I run a small woodworking school in Israel, offering a wide range
of fine woodworking techniques.
choice is wood sculpting and carving. For both knowledge and inspiration,
I often turn to American books, and American websites.
how I came across the Wisconsin School of Chainsaw Carving, about six months
ago. As outrageous as it seemed, I hesitantly made contact and ended up
coming for a five day course last April (2005). It was worth the trip,
time and expense.
had a wonderful week, learning to do what I like, just much bigger, using
who ran the course, is an extremely talented and knowledgeable man. He
was very generous with his abilities and professional know how's. The whole
Johnson family was there to help us get the best out of the course. They
are warm and welcoming people.
complaint is that is snowed most of the week; it was beautiful but very
lucky to have had the opportunity to get personally acquainted with the
chainsaw, I am sure this is to be a long lasting friendship.
D.N. Shimshon, Israel
all kinds of projects where I design and make things out of wood. Usually,
it's building or fixing things in and around the house. But, I'm always
trying new projects that require different skills and use different medium.
After seeing some of the roadside chainsaw carvings on a recent trip in
Wisconsin, my interest was peaked to try this new craft. I was a little
reluctant since I am not artistic. My job and background is in computer
networking at General Motors Corp., which is very technical and structured.
talking with a friend, he looked on the Internet to find out where and
what classes were available. After checking out several schools, we decided
on the Wisconsin Chainsaw School of Carving near Hayward Wisconsin because
of the unique and insightful techniques used in teaching the class.
can show you how to hack wood, but it takes a very talented instructor
to teach you an art that can be applied to any subject and have repeated
excellent results. I've learned how to carve different subjects like bears
and eagles with the understanding of how to use dimensions to see the subject
in a piece of wood. I used this technique to later carve a wolf after leaving
the class. But most importantly, I learned how to recover from mistakes
that can render your piece useless.
enjoyed this class. I highly recommend this class to anyone looking for
a new hobby or career. Brian, thank you for a wonderful experience and
your personal attention.