Can’t believe I haven’t reviewed this book yet. I love Jamie & Dennis’ step-by-steps. Funny, but they work. I don’t like “project” books in any other art form, but in chainsaw carving, it works. Perhaps because so very few people carve.
Find a log, follow the steps in Chainsaw Carving an Eagle, and commit to making two carvings. The first one might not be completely an eagle–it will be a bird, but depending on how well you understand what you’re doing, your friends might think it’s a pelican, or something else. (With any luck at all, not a sparrow…) But after you get the feel for where Jamie’s going, your second carving will be spot-on.
If don’t already know this–you’ll do much better with a carving bar than a saw with a stock tip, but if your only saw came from a big-box hardware store, you can do reasonably well. Do get safety equipment–chaps, at the least, steel toe boots too–and let yourself carve without worrying as much.