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Thursday, June 21, 2012

About Steve Blanchard

Those of you who watched the TV series 'Saw Dogs' are already familiar with Steve Blanchard and his amazing chainsaw sculptures. Steve is a chainsaw master carver from Northern California and probably more known for his unique, carved tree houses and little people which make up the miniature village of Itsyville.

Steve had a hard time during his teen and early adult years, deciding what he wanted to do in and with his life. After he struggled through reform school, he joined the Marine Corps, but that wasn't up his alley. He got into the construction business, tried his hand at servicing oil burners, went on to applying aluminum siding and worked at the shrimp boat industry for a while.

None of these professions appealed to him and he moved on to work for a sound company from Miami which accompanied tours of many celebrities such as Dickie Betts from the Allman Brothers, Lynard Skynard and the Isly Brothers. He decided he was better cut out being the boss and started his own sound company, but went broke while arranging a major concert for local talents in Napels, Florida.

Left with nothing but a few hundred dollars, he settled in Three Rivers in the Sierras, had several odd jobs and started his own nursery, which still exists today.

Finally, he found his calling when he started carving in 1986 and although his first project ended up being a mushroom while shooting for a redwood tree, he mastered the art of chainsaw carving and elevated it to a fine art.

I couldn't find his date and place of birth and no information about his parents and/or siblings. I did find out that he is 60 years old, never got married, doesn't have any children and is creating wonderful artwork across the country and all over the world.

See also:
Steve Blanchard's Work
Steve Blanchard's Economical Impact

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