Carving a niche

Bear Hollow chainsaw artist finishes fifth year at fair

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Chainsaw artist Jason Emmons, of the French Lick, Ind., business Bear Hollow Wood Carvers uses a die grinder to the shape the mouth of a billy goat piece he created Friday afternoon at the Logan County Fairgrounds. Although the carving demonstrations are done for the week, the 16 pieces created by the carver this week will be auctioned off today following the livestock auction, which may wrap up about noon or shortly afterward. Proceeds benefit the Logan County Fair Board, which pays Emmons to be at the fair for a four-dy contract. (EXAMINER PHOTO | REUBEN MEES)

Sculpting is a lot like playing guitar, a local pastor explains.

“That’s something you can’t practice to do. You have to have it in your head,” Bill Jones, an associate pastor with the Hi-Point Free Will Baptist Church, said as he watched Jason Emmons carve a billy goat out of a log Friday.

“It’s a gift from God. Either you have it or you don’t.”

While Emmons has the gift, Jones said he wasn’t so blessed.

“I’ve tried to play guitar since 1970, but I still can’t play,” the pastor said. “You know there are 7,488 chords on a guitar. You can’t memorize all those, you just have to have a gift.”

Complete fair coverage and show results in Saturday's Bellefontaine Examiner
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