Chainsaw course – carving a totem pole

Day Course
Target Audience:

Persons with sculptural knowledge and some experience with the chainsaw


In this course, the large-format work with the chainsaw is used to dedicate oneself to a theme full of closeness to nature and symbolism: the totem culture of the indigenous peoples. Based on your ideas and against the background of traditional forms, a design with appropriate stylizations will be developed. The rough form is worked out with a chain saw, your totem is fine-tuned with an angle grinder and a carving iron and finished with the painting. Thus a wooden memorial of approx. 2 m height and 40 cm diameter is created as individual decoration for your own garden!

Important information:

Bring your ideas, drawings or pictures for the design of the totem to the course! The course takes place in our sculpture pavilion.

Included in the course price:
  • Booked course
  • Certificate of completion
  • Final dinner on Friday evening (included in weekly courses)
  • Afternoon coffee / tea
  • Seminar drinks
  • Lunch menu incl. beverage buffet
  • Accompanying theory lessons (Monday - Friday)
Prices 2022:
1 week / 2 weeks combination
Week-long course full-day€ 675,– / € 1270,–
The log is included in the course price.
Course Times:
Sun 18.00 : Preliminary course discussion Week-long course full-day:   Mon – Fri 08.30-12.00 and 13.30-18.00 Sat 08.30-12.00 Afternoon coffee break 15.30-16.00

In order to keep the noise nuisance for the environment as low as possible and to avoid exhaust emissions, only electric saws are used. Please note this also for the chosen type of wood, if you bring wood to the course yourself (only spruce, poplar and fir). For the course you will need protective clothing such as ear protection, gloves, electric saw, angle grinder and a cable drum! The following equipment can also be bought or rented from us:

Rental fee

  1 week 2½ Days
Chainsaw with carving sword incl. 5L / 3L oil € 90,- € 50,-
cut protection trousers € 15,– € 10,–
Safety helmet € 15,– € 10,–

Should you decide to purchase one or more items of equipment after the course, 50% of the rental fee will be deducted from the course price!

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