As of September 2015 I no longer sell any carving bars or carving equipment. All sales are now handled by Rob Gusthart. Please visit his website - www.Gustharts.com
I'm now retired, but would like to thank past customers for their business.
Specially designed from the best materials, these precision bars bring a new versatility to the hands of the chainsaw carver. For general blocking-out I use a normal chainsaw and bar, but the narrow profile of the end of a carving bar allows curving cuts to be made. With some practice it is surprising what can be achieved that would not be possible with a conventional bar. Another advantage is the small bar tips virtually eliminate the risk of kick-back, which makes some of the work much easier. I could not carve without them now.
Two types of bars are of interest to carvers: the Quarter tip (size of 50p piece) and the Dime tip (20p piece). Both types take 50 gauge chain, which must not be run tight. With the Quarter tip you can use either 3/8" or 1/4" pitch chain, (you can use 0.325, but it is not recommended). Dime tipped bars only run 1/4" pitch chain. Quarter tip bars are available in 8, 12, 14, 16 and 20 inch lengths, and Dime tips come in 8, 12, 14, and 16 inches.
I use two 16" Quarter tip bars with 3/8" pitch chains. One is on a larger saw, which I use for the heavier work and the other is on a small saw for lighter cutting. Small, or more detailed work, requires a Dime tip. Cannon carving bars were not available in the UK when I first started using them and, because I found them so good, I became the sole importer. Because of the limited market I normally stock 12", 14" and 16" Quarter tip bars and 12" and 14" Dime tips (see photo below); others can be ordered. The quality is excellent, but please note that while a carving bar will make a carver's work easy, it will not make a carver.
Caution 1: It is not recommended to use a carving bar on any saw over 40cc, as the power delivered by larger saws can be too much for the lighter chains used for carving.
Anyone interested in a course on carving by one of the country's best carvers go to Mick Burns' website www.chainsawsculpture.co.uk.
Insurance for carving. Anyone looking for public Liability insurance for carving should contact Ian W. Wallace on 0800 919359, www.craftinsurance.co.uk or E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.