Black Hills artist uses chainsaw to create sculpture


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — It’s a piece of art that has a lot of people talking. 

A Black Hills artist just finished carving an impressive sculpture outside of a Sioux Falls business. 

“Basically, the chainsaw is my pencil,” wood sculptor Jarrett Dahl said. 

And for this project, an ash tree is his blank canvas. 

“It’s nice to be able to put life back into a tree that would’ve otherwise been ground down into a stump,” Dahl said. 

With each movement of this chainsaw, Dahl is transforming a tree into an eagle clutching a walleye. 

The majestic bird is something Dahl has always liked making. 

“With my shop being next to Mount Rushmore, the patriotic theme goes very well so we carve a lot of eagles in Keystone,” Dahl said. 

Dahl has been carving for nearly 15 years now. 

“Picked it up in Alaska and never looked back,” Dahl said. 

Judging by the reaction from onlookers, they’re glad he’s following his passion. 

“There’s definitely a lot of people who have pulled over to check it out,” Dahl said. 

Art can speak to a lot of people, whether you’re using a pencil or a power tool. 

The sculpture sits outside of Willadsen Lund Engineering in Sioux Falls.

Click here to learn more about Dahl’s work. 

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