A resident of Bonney Lake, Wash., Jacob Lucas has been carving since 2004. Throughout the years he has worked in many mediums, including drawing, clay sculpture, digital design, glass blowing, and chainsaw art.
Carving became a dream of Jacob’s when his grandmother bought some cute carved bears at a local fair.
“At age 13 I thought it was something I could do,” Lucas said. “So I saved my money from working in a lawnmower repair shop and purchased a small saw.”
His dreams were cut short just two weeks later when the saw was stolen from his garage.
But his grandmother restored his dream 11 years later, after reading a story in the local newspaper about a chainsaw carver. She reminded him of his dream and offered to buy him a new saw. The rest is history.
Lucas has competed in a number of national and international chainsaw events. He has placed at the Reedsport, Ore., show as well as the McKenzie River event. He teamed up with Bob King to represent the United States in the 2015 Huskycup Worldcup Championship in Germany, where the team placed second against teams from five other countries.
He has produced a number of custom pieces, including a 10-foot tall nutcracker figure for the city of Leavenworth’s Nutcracker Museum, a couple of pieces for the city of Chelan, and some 30 pieces in the city of Bridgeport, Wash.
“I love to make people smile with my art,” he said.