Offbeat: Chainsaw Art

November 2, 2007--Posted at 12:15 p.m.  CDT

HARDY, AR--Larry Beaty loves his chainsaw and loves to cut wood.  But when Larry cuts wood and finishes sawing on a log, the wood transforms into something else, something almost alive.  Larry Beaty is a master carver, a chainsaw artist.

After buying a piece of chainsaw art in 1996, Beaty decided he see if he could make a masterpiece. "When I first started the first few pieces were pretty bad. I just kept trying," said Beaty.  "I really enjoy doing it. I just kept wanting to be better and better, never satisfied with what I've done."

That passion to get it right and hours of sucking in saw fumes and saw dust, transfromed Beaty into a classic chainsaw carver.  "It was more or less trial and error to start with, nobody taught me how to do it," said Beaty.  "I figure out what I'm going to make and start taking off eveything that don't look like what I want."

As for as his artistic skills, Beaty claims before this, his art work amounted to little more than drawing stick figures. Most of his pieces are about nature, bears, eagles, owls, turtles, razorbacks and then there are the Indian items. Beaty also does custom items and says if you can think of it, he'll try to carve it out of our into a piece of wood.

"I work with black walnut, cedar, cypress, sycamore, just about anything," said Beaty. "The quality that comes out sometimes surprises me, it's a lot better than I thought it was going to be. Most of the time I'm not satisfied, I think I can do a little bit better and that's what I keep trying to do, a little better each time."

Larry Beaty's shop is located along highway 62/412 between Hardy, AR and Ash Flat.  His creations sell for anywhwere between $25 and $2,500.  If you'd like more information, just give Larry a call at 870-966-4226 or 870-844-0955.