Are you good with chainsaws? And by good, I mean really really good? Would you be able to turn a log into a bear or dragon or car?
If the answer is yes, then chainsaw carving might be something that you’ll want to get involved with. However, as with most hobbies, it’s not free. In this article, we’ll be talking about the costs of chainsaw carving, as well as some of the ways you might be able to make the money back. After reading this, you will be able to make a better decision as to whether or not you want to take it up for yourself.
If you do decide to make this financial commitment, then I can completely understand why. Not only will you be able to travel, and see some towns, and villages that you wouldn’t otherwise have seen, you’ll also meet loads of amazing people, many of whom, you’ll be able to make their jaws drop, when they see what you’re capable of. It’s hard to put into words the feeling you get when other people are blown away by something you have created. And if you’re an artistic person, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.
But what are the costs?
The first thing you’ll have to account for is the cost of the chainsaw itself. A chainsaw which is powerful enough, and easy enough to use to be able to do carving will probably cost you at least $200. And that’s not including the cost of maintenance.
Of course, many of you reading this will already have a chainsaw that’s perfect for carving. But for those that don’t, this is something you’ll need to think about. Chainsaws are actually a very advanced piece of machinery, and therefore, the good ones have a high price tag.
Something else you’ll need to think about is the price of the logs themselves. The cheapest way to get these logs is to cut them yourself, but most carvers simply don’t have the time to be doing this. The average log will cost you around $20. But some of them might be slightly more or less depending on what type of wood you’re using.
$20 might not seem like a lot, but when you’re going through so many logs, it is as cost which will definitely add up. If you can cut 5 logs in a day, that’s $100, just on the logs!
You’ll also need to think about how much this is going to cost you in terms of traveling. Many of these artists, travel all over the country, and therefore won’t be able to go home after every show. You’ll need to find somewhere to stay over night. One way to save money on this is to do couch surfing, where you can stay with friends and family.
You’ll also need to think about transport! Good luck getting on public transport with a chainsaw.
You will need a car that’s big enough for all of your equipment and your logs.
So how can you make it back?
One way to get some of this money back is from selling tickets. Because most people don’t buy the products they see being made, they have to pay a small fee to be able to watch you create the art. Although at fetes, this fee is going to be an entrance fee, and you will receive a very small percentage of all ticket revenue.
Of course, how much money you get from tickets will depend on how popular the event is. This is is going to be a bit of a gamble, as you might make loads, or you might make hardly anything.
A slightly more profitable way to make money will be from selling your creations. Many people like these wooden sculptures as they will give their garden an extra bit of specialness. And if they can see the skills that you have in creating them, they’ll be more likely to part with more of their hard earned cash. There are even some chainsaw sculptors who don’t even do live shows at all, and make all of their money purely based on selling their products. However, these people rarely make as much.
Job or side hustle?
If you do decide to take up chainsaw carving and make money out of it, you’ll need to ask yourself whether you want to quit your job and do it full time, or just do it as a side hustle. The choice is yours but both of them have their pros and cons.
If you take it up full time, you need to be 100% sure that you’ll be able to make enough money out it, because if you can’t you’ll be in a tough situation.
If you want to do it as a side hustle, you’ll need to be sure that you’re able, physically, mentally, and time wise, to do the carving as well as your other job.
Risks and Rewards
Should you quit your job to pursue this full time, then the worst that will happen is that you make no money out of this. When you consider who much it’s going to cost you to get things going, then not making any money will take a big strain on you, and you might even end up in debt.
On the other end of that, the best thing that can happen is that you end up being successful and making lots of money.
If you love creating things, and you love using your chainsaw, then chainsaw carving could be something that you’ll want to consider going into. There are costs along the way. The first one being the cost of the chainsaw, which is likely to be around $200. Then you have the costs of the logs, which are going to be about $20 a log. Then you’ve got the cost of the travel, which can vary.
To make the money back, the two most popular methods are ticket sales and selling the products.
If you want to do it, but not quit your job, then a side hustle is something to consider.
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