Friday, November 06, 2009

The correct way for animators to hold a Chainsaw 4

My friend Spaz (Steve Wiliams) - the man behind the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park - is helping me to see how you really hold a chainsaw because it is hard to draw such a tricky grip and he's sick of us animators being made fun of for being girly-men. A real man should be able to draw a chainsaw grip - while watching Popeye cartoons.
ok, John. this is the correct way to hold a saw. Pay some Goddamn attention for once, will ya? either right handed or left handed. and you don't need eye or ear protection. it's boring and you can't hear the blade turning. when you go to cut wood, attack it with your foot holding it down like you're holding down a hippy. this saw is a Husqvarna 362 and is bad ass. the Swedes made good saws and good clogs. their hockey players are pretty good too, but nothing like Canadian players. Swedes won't fight either.


Spaz

Spaz on Chain Saw Sculpture
i see one of your contributors spoke of "chain saws for sculpture". this is possible , but in my mind not fag art , like ice sculpting. look at this beautiful mantle of oak i carved with this saw. Canadiana and won't melt. then you can hang all your deceased dog collars from it. at Christmas it's the most authentic hearth on the block .. with hanging stockings. that gun is my great grandfathers. i smuggled it across the US/Canada border a few years ago. i built the fire place too. these rocks are from the creek. no one knows how to do this anymore , especially Cal arts animators who think they're tough

28 comments:

thomas said...

It might be weird, but I've always found chainsaw jugglers to be a bit fey....

Stephen Worth said...

I nominate Spaz for president!

Forbidden Hippo said...

That hearth doesn't look so manly with that Pee Wee Herman doll behind it!

zmerrill said...

That cauliflower ear looks more like it came from an old wrestler.

C said...

Not trying to be a complainer, but the eye injury picture might be a bit gory for some.

Shawn Dickinson said...

I like where this is going. Is there more?

What does Spaz have to say about Labatt 50?

smackmonkey said...

Chainsaws are for pussies. I split an entire cord of hardwood this afternoon using a maul with a broken handle. No sweat. It was bucking up the logs with my teeth that was tough.

I can actually name one or two of the Cal Arts wimps in the picture. Seems to me the studio had them around to keep the pencils sharpened.

Chris said...

Spaz is the stuff of He-Man legends.

Bob Lilly said...

I guess it is time for George Liquor to enter a lumberjack competition. Other guys may be bigger or stronger, but George has them in the category of all around garden variety sheer manliness.

Brian Goss said...

John, if you truly want a family-friendly site, you'll quit posting God's name in vain.

spaz said...

Labatt 50 was the beer granddad had in the fridge. once i cycled threw all other Toronto beers i landed back at 50. it's not pecker beer. freezing cold, it can change your Saturday. cutting the lawn loaded on 50 was real Canadian art; a million times more creative than the stupid Group of 7.

Molasses said...

Great post.

What's the story behind that Drill pic Spaz?

Shawn Dickinson said...

Thanks, Spaz!

spaz said...

that is not a drill. but it's a good guess, given the pneumatic ram assembly. it's a log splitter. another great piece of machinery for destroying wood.the only drag is that it has a foreign engine. it's efficient and i hate it. it's not like a Briggs and Statton that is over powered and hogs gas. this is a Honda engine which makes you think of feminine protection and not engines.

Oliver_A said...

Nerdy, wimpy boy with big glasses comments: "Tee Heee, but it is actually a Husqvarna 372 chainsaw! *snort*"

Trevor Thompson said...

Wow. Real life Bill Wray close-up gross-out paintings.

Where else?

Caleb said...

My dad made chainsaw sculptures for decades, and was as manly as a Californian can be:
Larry Bowen Gallery
; a land of Husqvarnas and hot rods.

He looked like grizzly Adams, which some people mistook for hippie. He was also a fan of pure, funny cartoons that aren't injected with morality.

Corax said...

Oh argh, if there's an effective way to get people to put on their safety gear, it's showing nasty injuries. Don't think I'll be working without my crash goggles ever again...

I must say, though, that is one sexy fireplace.

Daniel said...

Good old Samuelsson! He's tearing it up for the Canucks this season :)

Drew Stearns said...

Way to cut into those logs without your safety goggles hoss.

Jenny Lerew said...

Well, I see John Musker and Glen Keane in that photograph, for a start.

That eye is damned nasty.

Bryce Johansen said...

I guess from all these Blog posts on chainsaws and how to use them correctly that you still view that cartoons are and must only be funny drawings...Correct?

That they don't hold any other purpose then being funny drawings?

Zoran Taylor said...

@Bryce - John DEFINES cartoons as "funny drawings".

If you're wondering if his ideas go any further than that, just watch some of his cartoons. It's rather obvious that they do.

spaz said...

in the old days animators used to drink, fight, then animate. today it is all gayified. todays animators have soft hands and no understanding of nature yet boast of being environmentalists. bullshit. these very same people are the most destructive. it'll be wonderful to watch them flail when electricity is gone. bloody fags.

flashcartoons said...

Hey John, thanks for these photos. I used one of them to do a Popeye drawing, could you tell me what you think.

http://learninganimation.blogspot.com/2009/11/popeye-john-k-study-correct-way-for.html

Shorty said...

Flying in the face of important survival tips such as "Don't argue with someone wielding a chainsaw". Swedes don't do clogs, that's the Dutch.
You insult the wrong neighbours.
Chainsaws, horned helmets, raping pillaging, 6ft+ blondes, vs Windmills, clogs, sunflowers, drugs, prostitutes, fine art, bad teeth.
Otherwise bang on.

Molasses said...

No, I meant the monkey on your shoulder. It's a Drill or Mandrillus Leucophaeus to be exact. But thanks for the log splitter info.

Rusty Spell said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-RLqLx1iYI&feature=player_embedded -- Video of a manly man who sells mobile homes and uses a chainsaw. I saw this and it reminded me of these posts.