John Hayes

Check out this record-breaking, 23-metre long chainsaw carving

John Hayes and his team from Wateford in southeast Ireland have carved an incredible tree sculpture depicting the history of Vikings in ancient Ireland. The 23-metre long carving consists of just one continuous tree trunk, with no joins or gaps. When complete, it’s expected to break the world record for the biggest chainsaw sculpture.

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The idea for the project came to John around three years ago. He and his team were keen to use a tree that had fallen down in a storm, rather than cutting down and wasting a living tree. They also made a point sourcing the tree locally.

In July, the team finally settled on giant Douglas Fir which they found in a local forest. After months of planning and a significant amount skill, sweat and heavy machinery, this is result.

chainsaw carving

chainsaw carving

Photos from Twitter/King of Vikings

In order to beat the record, the final chainsaw carving must be over 20 metres long, at least 1 metre wide and depict a cohesive, continuous design. Find out more in the video below: