October 28, 2016 05:21 PM
Anytime you think of someone using a chainsaw, you probably think of a man. However, one woman is cutting through that perception through her amazing and unique art.
Watching Sara Wojtowecz work is like watching a rock star play a guitar.
She's in a zone, just her and her chainsaw, trying to make beautiful music.
Her canvas is a block of wood, which she quickly turns into art that leaves you awestruck.
"It's not about the speed to me. It’s about the detail," noted Wojtowecz.
"This carving right here is 99 percent chainsaw with the exception of the eyes," Wojtowecz explained, showing an intricately detailed wolf.
Other amazing creations include a bear hiding in a tree trunk and an owl, which comes to life with the help of a torch.
A self-described outdoorsy type, the Adirondack woman wanted to be a nurse, but after attending a craft show her life was changed forever.
"They had a chainsaw carver there and I was pretty intrigued by the process and watched him all day," Wojtowecz recalled.
She was more than intrigued. she was hooked.
"The first thing that attracted me was the chainsaw, because it’s a dangerous power tool and it’s loud and kind it’s of obnoxious and you don't think you can create art with this tool," acknowledged Wojtowecz. "It’s a really cool art form."
While Wojtowecz makes a living full-time, starting out she didn't come across many women in this male dominated art form. However, in 2008 Wojtowecz realized she wasn't alone when she joined an international group "The Chainsaw Chix," a group of women who love to turn wood into works of art.
"I didn't even know there was other girls that were chainsaw carvers, let alone that there was a team of them that would compete," admitted Wojtowecz.
She also didn’t know how much she'd be breaking down gender barriers and serving as an inspiration to women and girls.
"Even little girls come up to me in the middle of a demo and they’re like, ‘I didn't know you could do that. I didn’t know girls could do this’ and its pretty cool," Wojtowecz pointed out.
Updated: October 28, 2016 05:21 PM
Created: October 27, 2016 12:32 PM
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