Wide Bay chainsaw wood carver wants his creation at Brisbane 2032 Olympics and Paralympic Games

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Wide Bay chainsaw wood carver wants his creation at Brisbane 2032 Olympics and Paralympic Games

To say Keith Gall is good with his hands is an understatement.

The master sculptor, from Tin Can Bay in Queensland’s Wide Bay region, uses a chainsaw with the ease of a paintbrush, as he transforms ordinary pieces of wood into artistic creations, right down to the tiniest detail.

His pièce de résistance, called Silky, stands three metres tall and weighs more than a tonne.

The 23-year-old sculpture features 21 native Australian animals and has traversed the country over the years, even making a pit stop in Sydney during the 2000 Olympics for tourists to admire.

Now, Mr Gall is preparing for his next big project – turning Silky into a bronze statue that he hopes will dazzle more tourists at the Brisbane Olympics in 2032.

“It’s here in Tin Can Bay now, so I’ll be able to work on making the moulds to use the lost wax method of casting,” he said.

“I spoke with the mayor of Gympie and just made sure he knew what it was so that when we apply for help from the council and for a place to put it at the Olympics, he’ll be able to help me do that.”

American chainsaw carving

Mr Gall has a solid reputation, named Australia’s chainsaw sculpting champion in 2000 and 2001.

He attributed his talent to a move abroad several decades ago.

“I do sign writing, that was my trade but then computers came out – that was no fun,” he said.

A man stands with a chainsaw next to a stump
Mr Gall carved the sculpture in 1999 after time in America to hone his sign writing skills.(Supplied: Keith Gall)

“I went to America to learn more about hand-carved sign work and while I was there, I watched the guys do chainsaw carving of bears and Native American people.

“I watched guys every day for six months.”

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