28 John Robinson’s chainsaw sculptures have drawn acclaim for their detail. (Photo/Wayne Hardy) by WAYNE HARDY The wood sculptures created by John Robinson are often big and bold, with eye-catching details. Though his body of work as a chainsaw carver has garnered attention overseas and landed appearances on popular shows, the White County resi- dent keeps looking for the next idea to test his skill. Robinson, owner of Blue Ridge Bear Sculptures and a chainsaw sculptor since 2015, says he picked up the hobby by “accident” while living in Min- nesota. He decided to try it out after speaking with his neigh- bor, who was a professional chainsaw carver. “I had a little bit of a talent for drawing,” he says. “and the chainsaw, you’re basically drawing with the saw is what you’re doing.” Robinson’s rst project was a bear head, because his neighbor mentioned bears were a popular item. After a buyer emerged for the item, he real- ized there was an opportunity A CUT ABOVE It’s all about the details for John Robinson Chainsaw sculptor amazes with his creations while looking for new challenges