Beginner Chainsaw Carving Intensive

April 25-27 - Bellingham WA

Class Description and Details

Class Date: April 25th, 26th & 27th

Location: Tomas Vrba Studio – 1481 E Axton Road, Bellingham, WA 98226

Learn how to chainsaw carve from award-winning artist Tomas Vrba. In this small-group class (5:1 ratio) you’ll get plenty of individual attention, customized instruction, and hands-on training from one of the best in the business. Use this class to jump-start your own chainsaw carving career, or to gain the coolest hobby you’ll ever have.

Each student completes 3 chainsaw carvings out of Western Red Cedar. Carvings are yours to keep.

We welcome all levels. No experience necessary!

Topics covered include:

  • Chainsaw safety
  • Tools and finishes
  • Planning your piece
  • Blocking
  • Plunge cuts
  • Expert finishing techniques
  • Overview of the competitive chainsaw circuit
  • Resources for where to find tools and materials

**Each class registration includes a complimentary 1-hour follow up consultation any time within the next 12 months. Bring your work and get a 1:1 critique to help you apply what you’ve learned. 


Class cost: $1,495 (includes a professional chainsaw package)

Class maximum: 5 students

Class times: 9am-4pm each day. Contact us for local lodging recommendations.

Registration deadline: April 15th

*Cancellations must be received by April 18th for a full refund. Cancellations after April 18th receive a 50% refund.

We provide: wood; chainsaw and professional setup (carving bar, chain, etc.); eye protection; gas; bar oil; LUNCH, WATER, HOT COFFEE

Students must bring: chainsaw chaps; ear protection; work boots (steel toe recommended but not required); weather-appropriate clothing that covers arms and legs

Private Chainsaw Carving Lessons

Looking for something more customized? We now offer private lessons.
To schedule a lesson or learn more, contact Allison at: (206) 227-4818 or