PDT Staff Writer
LUCASVILLE — When he takes a break from using his chainsaw to turn a simple log into a work of art, you get - “My name is Ted Scherer. I grew up on Rosemount Road.” Scherer now lives in Columbus and, he says he was told he is the first chainsaw artist ever to appear at the Scioto County Fair. No matter, you would be hard pressed to find any more beautiful works of art this side of a Picasso canvas.
“I started carving about forty years ago,” Scherer said. “Then I found this chainsaw about 20 years ago. I’ve been doing it ever since.”
When did he realize he could create chainsaw art?
“Later than I wanted to,” Scherer said. “I really didn’t find out until I was 45.”
Scherer says there are two factors that go into his decisions about what to create with the next piece of wood put before him.
“Sometimes the logs just kind of indicate what they should be,” Scherer said. “Other times people ask you if you can carve this, that or the other, and if I have a log that will fit that size carving, then I can go with it. Sometimes the color of the log determines what it should be.”
One of his favorite pieces is a life-size sailfish that is perfectly proportioned and shellacked to preserve the artistry.
“I was in Costa Rica fishing, and we had one on the hook, but it got off. But as soon as I got home I wanted to carve that sailfish.”
Scherer says over the last two weeks - “we’ve lost about 30 carvings, so there’s a lot of things that aren’t here that I know people here would like, like pigs and chickens, giraffes, some weird things that maybe I’ve had for three or four years. But all of a sudden the right person came along - that’s exactly what he wanted and he wasn’t leaving without it.”
Scherer said sometimes he crosses paths with other chainsaw artists.
“I go to shows all the time and I’ll run into other carvers occasionally,” Scherer said. “Sometimes they’re from Lorain or Michigan, or Pennsylvania, so you talk to each other and kind of get their ideas, what they’re doing, and think if you can incorporate that and maybe make it a little better. The next thing you know, when you go home you do one of them.”
Scherer who utilizes cherry, maple, oak, walnut, and a variety of logs, said he can be reached at 614-878-9463.
Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 232, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.