Carving it up at the fairgrounds

Adam Mulholland is a local chainsaw artist from Windham. After seeing the Saw Dogs television show, Mulholland decided he was going to try chainsaw carving. He said he is inspired by the creativity and possibilities of this art form.

Mulholland participated in a Q&A with The Berlin Citizen.

When did you get into carving and what inspired you?

I started carving February 2012 after going to the Ridgway Rendevous, an annual chainsaw carving festival in Pennsylvania. I saw other carvers doing this for a living and I thought it was the coolest job ever. Before I started carving, I was an electrician for 19 years and I wanted to get back to art, which is something that I loved when I was younger.

Has it grown into a career?

Yes. I started my chainsaw carving company, Sickline Carving last summer. I do commission pieces throughout the year and attend fairs in the summer and fall. It keeps growing each year. The Berlin Fair is one of the largest fairs I have attended so far and I am excited to be part of the entertainment this year. I have also started attending chainsaw carving competitions. This summer I placed fourth in the Tupper Lake Woodmen’s Days Chainsaw Competition. I will also be attending my first invitational competition later this month in Mississippi at the Sawdust and Splinters Festival.

What would you like the public to know about your artwork?

Chainsaw carving for me is both performance art and creating sculptures. I enjoy carving in front of people so they can see the process. I often discover what a carving is going to look like as I am carving it, so it is great when people are watching me decide what cuts to make and see the carving take shape.

What is your favorite sculpture to carve?

Although I do carve bears, which is a traditional chainsaw carving, I also enjoy carving a variety of other items. My favorite would be anything I have never carved before. Some of my favorite pieces include an eagle, a frog and turtle sculpture, a horse head, a campfire, a boot, and a gargoyle. I also like to do on-site, stump sculptures at people’s houses since the owners get to see it as it is created.

What advise would you give someone who wants to try carving?

I would recommend that they go the Ridgway Rendevous, talk to other chainsaw carvers, take a chainsaw safety class, and find a good saw shop.

For more information about Mulholland’s carving, visit,, or call (860) 450-1130.

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