Quick-sawed carver steals show (with photos)

By Perry Russom

April 15, 2013 Updated Apr 15, 2013 at 1:27 PM EDT

Marathon, NY (WBNG Binghamton) With nearly a dozen people watching, Mark Watson knew he had to put on a show.

"It's not something they see everyday and it's cool to bring it," Watson said.

He's an artist.

He doesn't use a canvas or brush, but a chainsaw.

"The cool thing about this is there are so many variations and everybody has their own style," he said.

Sunday marked his sixth year performing as a speed carver at the Maple Festival in Marathon.

He said he can carve anything made from wood, stone, metal or ice.

"You can do a complete carving in a very short period of time," he said.

It normally takes him a few hours to complete a sculpture.

"We've come up a couple of years now and we always come to watch (him) carve," said Trina Leonard, of Greene. "The kids enjoy watching the animals he makes."

Watson said a lot of the art of carving comes from visualizing.

Before he starts to carve, he looks for different geometric shapes in the wood.

"What I'm looking for is a defect in the wood somewhere that will add to the piece," Watson said.

He said his background in illustration has helped him become the artist he is today.

At his stand he had carved bears, fish and eagles.

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