Setting the Artwork Free.
"I am artist, business owner, and philanthropist Jimmy Keller. My purpose is to spread the appreciation of art and nature through my work."
"I create artwork in the form of wood sculptures along with other custom pieces. My intention is to add art and design to help make a visually pleasing environment. Whether it is with a sculpture, furniture piece, or any other unique element, my goal is to transform a space with design."
Chainsaw Carvings & More
Wood sculptures are a great addition to any space and also make unique gifts. No piece of art is the same so I would love to work and customize it specially for you, the customer. I also usually have pieces on hand and already made so feel free to contact me.
I take pride in helping conserve the environment and that starts by conserving the trees. All of the wood comes from fresh trees that have recently fell down. A majority of my tools are environment safe as well like my electric and battery saws.
If you are interested in other special pieces, please contact me! I have done other woodworking like hope chests, benches, porch swings, and more! Everything is crafted with quality in mind and I would love to do something one of a kind for you.
Cost depends on the size of the piece and time it takes to design, create, and finish. If you give us a price range that fits your budget, we can always work together to make an awesome piece of art!
How to Make Your Carving Last for Many Years
Chainsaw carvings could last decades with the proper care.
Your art piece can still look great after many years depending on where they are displayed, how they are preserved, and understanding the science behind how wood works!
If it is outdoors, make sure the base isn't in directly on the ground. The wood still needs to breath on the bottom and the moisture from the ground can harm it. Placing it on stones, pavers, or blocks will work great to keep it off the direct ground. The best place is out of direct sun and rainfall. The sun dries out the wood, but if it does see frequent sun, extra recoating may be necessary. If possible, it may be best to bring your sculpture indoors during the harsh winter weather.
If your carving is kept indoors, remember to keep it away from a heat source like a heater or fireplace so it doesn't dry out. Also make sure to not have the wood directly on the floor and place it on blocks or strips so airflow can get under it.
Your carving is finished with a protective coating. If your carving is outdoors in the elements, it is recommended to recoat it at least once or twice a year. Start off by cleaning off dust and dirt. This can be done just with soap and water. Once it is fully clean, brush on the preserve as it is stated in the product directions. I recommend a high quality Spar Varnish or Spar Urethane which can be purchased at your local hardware store. We would be happy to do this for you as well and bring your carving to life again!
Please remember that your carving is made from the most beautiful and best resource... Trees. That means it still natural and may develop some checks or cracks over time. Wood has moisture within and this is it's natural way of releasing it. This is normal and adds character to your piece. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me! I'm here to help because I want the best for you!
Events & Shows
Book an event, watch a show, and be entertained!
The best part of my work is designing and creating the things I love. The second best is being apart of local events and connecting with the community! Participating in events and putting on shows across WNY is such a lively experience not only for me but also the crowds. Nothing draws a crowd more than a roaring chainsaw sculpting a log into something amazing.
They say I bring logs to life. The truth is though, they bring me to life. I find inspiration deep in nature and express it through sculpture. It's a riveting experience for observers to see the process happening right in front of them.
Some local events I have/do participate in include: Eden Corn Festival, Lancaster Taste the Art of Music, Arthur's Hardware events in Orchard Park, Chestnut Ridge Winterfest, along with other public and private events. I look forward to a world of possibilities coming up in 2021 and am excited to be showing off my work!
If you are interested in a show for your event, please contact me. Whether it is a festival, wedding, art show, etc., a custom plan can be made to set your event apart from the rest. Some options include putting on a carving show, putting on a show and you keeping the sculpture, and/or having more artwork for others to view and purchase. Contact me for any questions or ideas and we can work together to make it happen!
"Jimmy created a custom made bench for a retirement gift for our General Manager. Jimmy's creativity and eye for detail was impressive. His workmanship is second to none"
"We have received so many compliments from friends and family. If you are looking to have a carving done, call Jimmy. He did a wonderful job. Thank you again. All the best to you!!"
John & Debbie
"Jimmy Keller was able to create a beautiful chainsaw carving for us... Wow, what a talented artist!"
Soaring Eagle Sculpture
This is an ash tree stump chainsaw carved into an 8' eagle.
Cardinals perched on top of abstract designed bases. These specific pieces ranged from 2.5' to 3' in height.
Soaring Eagle Sculpture
This piece is a 4' soaring eagle carved from white pine.
This piece is a 2.5' tall heron sculpture out of white pine.
Night Owl with Guiding light
This is a 5' sculpture of an adult owl and a baby owl. The added light feature is solar powered and highlights the sculpture at night.
Eagle Feather Sculpture
This is a 1.5' chainsaw carved eagle feather from a red pine log.
Fox with Roses Sculpture
This was a piece done in a spruce tree stump in the yard of a recently remodeled home. I combined the clients passion for roses and love of wildlife into this 8' wood sculpture.
Bear with an Owl Sculpture
This was a piece done from a large oak tree. It stands 7' overlooking the clients yard and deck.
Bear with a Custom Sign
This piece stood about 3' in height and was created from spruce wood. It was later sold at a local event and art show.
Dog out of a Log
This was a custom piece for a client based off of his dog and his dogs personality.
German Shepard Sculpture
This was a custom piece done life-size of a clients German Shepard.
This lighthouse has a added element of a solar powered rotating light. This was carved from red pine and stands 3' tall. It showcases beautifully at night.
This piece was made as a garden sculpture. This one has a 3' wingspan.
Garden Mushroom Sculptures
These wood carvings were made to be an added art piece for a garden. These ones have a height of 1.5'-2' and have the natural pine color.
Wooden Fall Pumpkins
These are life-sized chainsaw carved pumpkins.
FURNITURE PIECES & MORE
This was a custom piece done from eastern white pine with a poplar wood top. This was 32" long by 24" wide by 25" high.
"Hall Tree" Bench
This was a custom piece done as a unique storage solution. This is a vintage repurposed door with oak inlay. The seat is pine and opens as a chest for storage.
This was a storage solution bench for shoes and other items. This is 32" in length by 16" wide and 20" tall.
This is a hand-carved memorial bench that was donated. This was constructed and carved from premium pine wood.
Custom Bench Order
This piece was designed and crafted as a gift for a companies general manager. It is 54" long by 24" wide by 36" in height.
Rustic Tailgate Bench
This was a unique bench made with rustic red pine logs and backed with a original 1985 Dodge Ram tailgate.
Black Bear Bench
This bench was a custom order for a client and now overlooks their pond.
Locust Inspired Stool
This piece was inspired by an ornamental locust tree. It is made with a locust cross section and reinforced with custom designed plasma cut branches and backed with a plasma cut metal piece with subtracted branches. This piece was submitted into the Advanced Placement 3D Portfolio.
This bench was made with the same timber wood used for beautiful customTimberbuilt homes. On the bottom of the wood are actual peg holes from the intended construction of a timber home.
This piece is an 18" tall stool with the purpose of being a plant stand. It is help up by modern style hairpin legs.
This was a nature inspired bench for a beautiful log home. The wood is Amish milled red oak. The back consists of custom designed and plasma cut trees.
The noblest art is that of making others happy.
"My passion isn't just nature and art, it is also helping others. Since the age of nine, I have been creating fresh Christmas wreaths during the winter season. Those who wanted a wreath then gave a donation which I then handed over to local charities, awareness programs, organizations, and families in need. From when I began this endeavor up until this day, I have donated over $10,000 to others who could use it more than myself.
This upcoming season, I will begin a new chapter of giving. For the 2021-2022 school year, I am currently in the process of developing a "Jimmy Keller Design" scholarship for eager minded individuals like myself. The scholarship funds come from a combined effort of the annual Christmas wreath endeavor and my artwork.
I believe in the power of positivity and truly know how far a helping hand can go. It's what helps make the world go 'round."