From a media release:
OLN CARVES INTO THE EXTREME ARTISTRY OF CHAINSAW SCLULPTERS IN ORIGINAL REALITY SERIES SAW DOGS, PREMIERING JAN. 24
- 10-part series showcases veteran carver Steve Blanchard’s Saw Valley ranch where chainsaws scream, sawdust flies and imagination rules
Bringing together a team of the world’s top chainsaw sculptors, OLN gives viewers an inside look at the little-known world of chainsaw art in the new original series, Saw Dogs. Premiering Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 9pm ET/6pm PT, each adrenalin-filled half-hour episode follows renowned veteran carver Steve Blanchard and the world’s top chainsaw sculptors as they battle short deadlines, tight budgets and conflicting artistic sensibilities to complete a series of commissioned carvings.
Combining the extreme artistry of chainsaw carving with the dangers of this unique skill, master carver Blanchard pulls from a pool of the best carvers around throughout Canada, matching their special talents to each over-the-top project he takes on. Saw Dogs showcases these incredibly skilled individuals craft some of the most intricate woodcarvings imaginable.
“With its compelling juxtaposition of artistry and danger, Saw Dogs sheds light on the little-known and surprising world of chainsaw carving,” said Claire Freeland, Director of Original Programming for Rogers Media. “As the challenges and strengths of these carvers are revealed in each gripping episode, viewers will have a unique look at how these incredible works of art come to life.”
In the premiere episode, “Furry Creek,” an eagle-themed sculpture for the signature hole of a spectacular golf course presents unexpected challenges. Speed carver Ben Risney and nature specialist Pete Ryan each carve their own bald eagles, which are joined to a massive stump with a built-in bench for the ultimate golfer’s photo op. But Saw Valley’s rookie apprentice throws a wrench in the works when he accidentally decapitates one of the eagles with a forklift.