This 56" tall chainsaw carved unicorn sculpture called “Black Gold” was conceived last year by local chainsaw artist Evelyn Mogren as her feature piece in a show called The Rendezvous in PA. (Suggested by a girl who loves unicorns). At the show passersby noted the sundial type shadow it cast on the pavement with it’s horn. It was very popular with young girls. She designed it as a single piece carving for strength and chose to make the unicorn female countering the typical male unicorn depiction. White and brightly colored unicorns are also the norm and she wanted her unicorn to be more down to earth so she chose black. The pine woodgrain shows through the black stain. - "I hope 'Black Gold' helps a real horse find a home."
About the Artist
Evelyn Mogren has been carving since 3rd grade. She was a member of the Carroll Carvers for several years carving varied subjects with a straight blade knife and chisels. She has taught carving at the BSA National Pike Cub Scout Day Camp for the past 16 years. Evelyn teaches adults at a BSA training venue called Pow Wow, how to teach the Whittling Chip achievement to Bear Cub Scouts (third graders) in their Packs. She took up chainsaw carving after visiting a chainsaw carving festival in Pennsylvania in April of 2011. Her works include sculptures at the Caitlin Dunbar Nature Center, Howard County Conservancy, Howard Community College, Fox Chase apartment complex, Broadcreek Scout Reservation, DEFHR, and commissioned sculptures at her clients houses.
Care of Chainsaw Carvings: Carvings are carved in green/wet wood and will develop cracks as it dries. It will stabilize in about 6 months in its new environment. If you move carvings from/to different environments they may change their crack patterns. Every effort has been made to get the cracks to develop in non-vital areas.
If displayed outdoors keep moisture away!
* Place 2x4s or rocks under carving to keep it off the ground and water to drain away
* Do NOT mulch around the carving
* Clean (I use deck cleaner) and then re-coat the carving with outdoor urethane (minwax marine spar) once a year. Comes in paint on or spray can finish of satin, semigloss and gloss variety.
* Bottom of carving can be treated with a fungicidal wood preservative and insecticide (I use Bonide)
(Do the last two steps when you clean and coat your wood deck yearly.)
If displayed indoors:
* Place spacers under carving/protect your floor
* Do NOT place directly on floor as it traps moisture that may come out of the carving.
Repairs to cracks or holes can be made with wood glues and shims or dowel rods or wood putty. Then repairs can be repainted and coated to match surrounding color/finish