Brandon Kroon and Husqvarna

Brandon Kroon and Husqvarna created beautiful art after a young couple saw a storm destroy six large trees that lined their driveway.

Brandon entered the chainsaw carving and sculpting scene in 2013 and, armed with his Husqvarna chainsaws, has done a wide selection of artworks, projects and commissions throughout Australia. He’s placed in a number of international competitions, most notably winning the US Open International Carving Competition in 2022, along with receiving the Carvers Choice Award.

When the Victorian couple wanted a unique and stunning tribute to their storm-damaged trees, Brandon produced magnificent examples of his truly exceptional and eye-catching art.

Brandon Kroon produces amazing sculptures with his Husqvarna chainsaws. Image: Peter Ingamells Photography

The challenge

After the trees came down in the storm Brandon was asked to carve into the six cypress logs which had been integrated into the landscaping design and fixed into the ground.

“In 2021 I did a private commission for the couple, a carving of their family dog that had passed away, and they were great to work with,” recalled the Victorian artist. “Once the work began on the cypress logs, each day they checked the progress, and when I’d finished a carving they would decide on what animal should be carved next and where it should be positioned, considering what could be seen on the walk up and down the stairs, how the animal shape worked on the logs and how it was viewed from the home.

“They wanted to be adventurous, so the carvings were all at different heights. Some were in holes! They wanted it to have a bit of mystery so people would have to really look to find the animals.”

The biggest and healthiest looking log was used for a lyrebird. It needed alot of strength in the timber to hold the fragile design of the tail. Image: Peter Ingamells Photography

The right equipment

The result was absolutely stunning, and a tribute to the vision of the clients and the skill of the artist.

And of course, the tools which allowed the precision, creativity and millimetre perfection. Brandon explained, “The saw needs to be steady and stable with no vibrations. That’s why I use Husqvarna battery saws for the detailed work. I can’t have the tip of a saw jumping when I’m carving out an eyeball.

“And of course battery-powered saws are lighter with no fumes, so they’re great for tight, awkward spaces and long, hot days of work.” Brandon’s Husqvarna equipment on this job included:
• A 572 XP® petrol chainsaw
• A 24″ X-Tough light bar with the X-CUT® 3/8″ .058″ (1.5mm) 84 C85 chain
• A 540i XP® 36 V battery cordless electric chainsaw (power-equivalent to a 40cc petrol saw)
• A Husqvarna 10″ carving bar 10CAH.13.S 10″ 1/4″ .050 60DL, and
• Husqvarna X-Precision™ SP-11G chain.

Husqvarna’s 540i XP® is a powerful and efficient battery-powered chainsaw, equivalent to a 40cc pro petrol saw when fitted with a BLi300 battery. Image: Husqvarna

“I started with the 572 XP®,” he outlined. “I’d carve out the rough shape of the log, then, after the big sections had been carved off, the focus shifted to shaping. I’d use the 550 XP® Mark II to hollow out and fine tune the shape of the carving, then finally a combination of the 340i & 540i XP® for most of the details.

“Reliability is needed in jobs like this where you’re in particularly tight and awkward positions,” said Brandon. “You want something that’s going to have enough power, but is also light enough to do the job well.

“It needs premium equipment, and that’s why I use Husqvarna chainsaws.”

Learn more about Brandon’s art at bkcarving.com. Head to husqvarna.com/au/ to see the entire Husqvarna range.

Image: Husqvarna
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