Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Chainsaw Chook

This chainsaw cut sculpture of a rooster has recently appeared in Paulnay, in the Brenne. It stands at the side of the main road through town, near the entrance to the sports field.

Having discovered, through his former trade as a forester (Fr. bûcheron), the different qualities of woods, Patrick van Ingen from Prissac developed a real passion for the material. After several years of manual sculpting, he started seven years ago to carve with his chainsaw (Fr. tronçonneuse) and this rooster is a typical example of his work.

8 comments:

  1. Q. Why is the cock the national bird of France?
    A. Because his head is in the clouds while his feet are in the merde.
    happy 2016

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  2. I had to look up "chook," which led me to learn that the chicken is of the species Gallus, with a number of meanings that include suspenders/braces and in Scots "bold, daring, reckless". This is a marvelously muscular specimen, methinks. I've seen larger, less detailed critters carved thusly, such as bears, but this is a particularly fine-detailed example of the chainsawer's art.

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    1. No Australian refers to hens or chickens (unless they mean little fluffy babies). They are chooks.

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    2. My parents kept their poultry in rural Victoria in a building known as the "Chook Hilton"

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    3. I think Pollygarter below can relate to that. Her chooks are regularly upgraded in their accommodation :-)

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  3. Patrick van Ingen gave a display of his skills at the Foire aux Arbres in Tournon a few years back. Wonderful to watch. I have some photos somewhere

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    1. Chainsaw carving is a regular feature of Australian agricultural shows too.

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