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 Mark Lindquist:
 History Using The Chainsaw For Sculpture

Mark Lindquist began making sculptural vessels in 1969 in Henniker, NH.  These early efforts were accomplished by carving burls through excavating the interiors by hand gouging, then finishing with rasps and hand sanding.  From these primitive beginnings, Mark soon began exploring easier ways to accomplish the arduous task of carving interiors and began carving with the chainsaw.  Mark had been taught chainsaw use by his father (Melvin Lindquist) at the age of 10 when he and Melvin built a log cabin on their land in the Adirondack Mountains in the late 50's (Mark was around 10 when they began building the cabin).

 

In the early seventies, mark perfected the process of chainsaw carving vessels and made several important chainsaw carved sculptural vessels which he became known for at the time, in addition to his important pioneering work in wood turning.  He worked continuously on the sculptural vessels through the seventies then abandoned them after the early eighties while he was developing his textural works.  Later, around the mid-eighties after he had a severe automobile accident, which restricted his movement and bending capabilities, it became impossible for him to continue the series.  It wasn't until the late eighties and early nineties that Mark would revisit the series through his innovative use of robotics, which enabled him to work practically on the pieces without the traditional strain associated with the process.

 

 

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