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Amazing: US-based Igorot artist creates wood artwork using chainsaw

Photo Courtesy || Fernando Dulnuan Jr. - Don's Chainsaw Creation
Cordillera - A full-blooded Igorot based in Oklahoma, USA is creating buzz with his chain saw art. 

Fernando Dulnuan Jr. uses chain saws and recycled wood to create his own unique chain saw artwork like wolves, bears, horses, eagles and American Indian totem poles. 

The chain saw artist who traces his roots to Ifugao province in the Cordillera had participated in a fair in the state of Oklahoma in 2018.

Dulnuan's chain saw art show draws dozens of people, who watched him turn a hunk of tree in a recognizable shaggy shape - a bear. 

In an interview with The Oklahoman, Dulnuan said he trained him self to learn the craft of chain saw carving. 

"I just trained myself. For me, let’s put it this way, it’s a God-given talent that right now it’s showing. I don’t know where it came from, but I know it came from God," said Dulnuan, 

"In our tribe there they do a lot of wood sculptures. … I just think my family has it." he added.

Running in his blood are genes of wood carvers from the northern part of the Philippines, Dulnuan interest in wood carving started when he migrated to America. 

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"I like wood. When I see some wood lying around that says this is all free. I said, 'There's something in them that needs to come out." So, that's where I started, he said. 

Dulnuan then turned to Google and YouTube to learn the art of chain saw carving, and from then on his passion for carving started.

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“I want to do this my whole life, until I cannot hold a chain saw anymore. I like this. It’s always different. I like to encourage myself, to improve myself, and do all this. I have more ideas I want to go through with the wood,” Dulnuan said.

source || The Oklahoman



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