Jarrett Dahl, an award winning artist, revs up his chainsaws at full throttle, spits woodchips, and carves life and personality into native Black Hills pine and other woods.
Dahl grew up on a Lac qui Parle County farm in Minnesota. Since he was a child, he has been creating artwork out of everything he sees. Each one of his sculptures is made creatively different. He likes to carve sculptures that people can look at and see new perspectives endlessly through.
When Jarrett was 18 years old, he went on a trip to Alaska with his friend and his friend’s uncle, Scott Hanson, a professional chainsaw artist. Scott taught him the art of chainsaw carving. Jarrett worked as an apprentice, enjoyed the work, and sold all the sculptures as soon as they were created. He ended up going back to Alaska for four more summers to continue his apprenticeship with Scott.
Most of Dahl’s works are fashioned from a single log, and he often erects scaffolding around them so he can work in the round. He blocks out the sculpture with a chainsaw, and then uses grinders, Dremels, sanders, and hand tools for texture and finishing.
In 2007, they established a sculpture shop and gallery in Keystone, SD, just two miles from Mount Rushmore National Monument. Dahl Chainsaw Art is a popular family attraction in the Black Hills that offers thrilling chainsaw performances, photo opportunities, and a large selection of unique and original Dahl bears, eagles, signs, and other original sculptures.
Sculptures range from 3' bears, to a 9' rotating triple eagle, to a 25' Indian warrior, which is one of the largest chainsaw carvings in the world.
In addition to selling sculptures from his open-air gallery, Dahl also accepts commissions. He will sculpt standing logs on-site, and he can create special subjects; one of his clients commissioned a totem pole that featured portraits of three children holding their favorite toys.
Although Dahl mostly works with wood, he has also worked with bronze and is drawn to experiment with marble.
Dahl, who now lives in Aspen, also has a gallery on Route 82 across from Whole Foods. It’s full of huge arches and sculptures; you can’t miss it either. This is Dahl’s third gallery, and its February opening marked his tenth anniversary in the art business. In addition to the gallery in Keystone, SD, about two miles from Mount Rushmore, Dahl also runs a gallery in Hill City, not far from Crazy Horse.
LARGEST WOOD SIGN IN THE WORLD
JARRETT DAHL - SCULPTURE BY DAHL
Located on Historic Grizzly Creek adjacent to the Rushmore Borglum Story Museum
Keystone, South Dakota
877.795.4235 / JWDahl@SculptureByDahl.com
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