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I was taking my usual walk into town a couple of weeks ago when I heard a chainsaw going. It wasn’t too far from the road so I meandered onto Riverview Pines where I saw Chainsaw Mama creating some of her unique artwork. I had heard about her but had never seen her in action.

She was just amazing. She had several chainsaws, each one a different size. And she’d turn that thing on and create her magic. She had just finished the raccoon with the initials  RVP (for Riverview Pines) when I got there and was working on the two bears. She had started the eagle and the bobcat too.

Master Carver Faye Braaten, know as Chainsaw Mama, does custom chainsaw art and has her outside studio in Loveland on W. Eisenhower. She told me that when all of trees were blown down last fall, many of the lodges called her to perform her magic, instead of just cutting them all down and carting them off. She also does quite a bit of chainsaw for her custom orders that she ships out.

Stop by Riverview Pines on West Elkhorn Avenue and you can see some of her creations. They are really amazing.





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