Monday, July 18, 2005

I love me some chainsaw baby!

Why is this man smiling? Well it's because he's getting to carve weird stuff out of Styrofoam with a chainsaw and get paid for it.

Occasionally I get a call from the good folks over at Virginia Scenic to put my sculpting skills to use creating set pieces for operas. It's hard, fun work and through the years I've worked on everything from an eight foot high angel to a three story tall Babylonian ruin. When I watch a movie like "The Two Towers", my eye is often focused on the sets and I cheer for my fellow blue foam carvers furiously racing the clock where ever they may be. This gig is for Chautauqua, N.Y. and an opera called "LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR" and it is scheduled to play August 5 & 8, so I guess I better get my butt in gear. Here's some unpainted tombstones I did for the show:

Back to work.


  1. That's pretty cool. How did you get into doing that?

  2. Thank's for asking. About 3,000 years ago, I made a very frugal living hawking sculpture at outdoor art shows. A friend working for Virginia Scenic recommended me as they needed a pinch-hitter to bang-up the blue foam and the rest is history. It's a niche field for sure and I'm lucky to have fell into it. OK HW