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Meet Artist Who Specializes in Sculpting Nature with a Chainsaw




Mark Tyoe is a talented chainsaw artist and the co-owner of Wintergreen Knoll Chainsaw sculptures in the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New York. He runs the business along with his wife Linda; together, they sell Mark’s unique chainsaw carvings that he’s been making since the 1990’s. Mark is really good at transforming a solid block of wood into a beautiful sculpture, using nothing but a chainsaw.

“Everything I do on my carvings is with a chainsaw,” he said. “I’m kind of a purist about using one tool.” A chainsaw is hardly the ideal tool for artists, so it’s really a wonder that Mark manages to use one to create such delicate details. He doesn’t grind or sand, and he doesn’t use screws, nails or paint.

“What we use for the detail is a dime tip carving bar,” he explained. “That’s what the chain rolls on, and the tip of it without the chain on it is the size of a dime. So, that allows us to make eyes, ears and a nose. I try to be realistic, a lot of details, correct proportion, anatomy, bone structure, posture.”

Mark can carve all sorts of Northeast wildlife like soaring eagles, grizzled mountain men and wolves from white pine wood. But he specializes in making bears and bear-scenes – his latest sculpture is of a mama bear reaching for a honeycomb in a tree trunk with her cubs at her feet. Every detail is perfectly in place, down to the mama bear’s fur.

“Bears always fascinate people,” he explained. “I mean, if I could have a real bear for a pet, even for a model, for inspiration, I would. But it wouldn’t be the right thing to do, for the bear.”

There’s a reason he uses white pine as well – once known as the King’s Wood, it is soft and large in diameter when left to grow. “The main thing with white pine is that it makes a quality product,” said Mark. He tries to avoid cracking by getting rid of the heart of the wood (where cracking is more likely). To protect the finished product, he also adds protective finishes.

Mark has been artistic since childhood, but he turned to wood carving as a profession only after he got laid off from GE. It actually caught his fancy 10 years ago, when he met another carver during a vacation at Lake George. So when he lost his job in his 30s, he decided to give it a try. Today, he’s able to use his craft to fulfill his artistic passion and also provide well for his family.

At his first show, Mark managed to make $1,000. Since then, there’s been no looking back for the exceptionally talented artist. He has won several awards in regional chainsaw carving competitions, and he does custom orders as well. He can churn out hundreds of bear sculptures a year, and each one is sold for over $200. The mama bear scene will be priced at at least $3,500.

Mark said that he doesn’t even put in a lot of thought or planning into his sculptures. “I just use my imagination. No sketching. Stand up a piece of wood and visualize what I want and start on the tip of the nose.” In the 1990’s, he won the Northeast Chainsaw Carving Championship five times in a row. He was the Mid-Atlantic Champion in carving in the year 2000, the Extreme Power Champion in 2003 and the International Extreme Power Carving Champion in 2005. The pieces that he makes for these events are auctioned off to help fund the next year’s event.

Chainsaw art is apparently a real thing; it is slowly gaining popularity, with over 100 artists across the United States doing it full time. But Mark is different from other chainsaw artists. According to Milton Lowden who runs the website, Mark is one of the rare ones who use no other tools apart from the chainsaw. “He and a few others are purists that way, and that’s what sets them aside,” said Lowden.

Apart from bears and other animals, Mark also transforms wood into benches, umbrella stands, lamps, clocks, wall hangings and more. His carving style is quite reminiscent of the ‘Black Forest’ style of the late 1800’s.

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Shocking! 6 Months Old Baby Raped By 3 Guys



Shocking!!! 6 Months Old Baby Raped By 3 Guys

A Twitter user @mskhaddie has shared that she saw a 6 months old baby who was reportedly raped by 3 guys while she was in the hospital with her colleague who took her son to the hospital.

See her narration below:

My colleague took her son to the hospital yesterday, while she was waiting to see the doctor, a 6months old baby was rushed to the hospital. 3guys raped her.
So many evil people in this world.

She will take her son to the hospital tomorrow for another checkup…I will ask her for an update.

Parents don’t leave your children with anybody, don’t trust anybody with your children. Not uncles or aunties and certainly not your neighbours.

Her tweet below:

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Nigerian Parents Arrested After Teen Son Dies During Religious Fast



A Nigerian couple have been arrested in the US after their 15-year-old son reportedly died during a 40-day religious fast.

Kehinde Omosebi, 49, and Titilayo Omosebi, 48, of Reedsburg, were on Tuesday charged with child neglect causing death and child neglect causing great bodily harm.

The father was said to have walked to the Reedburg police station on Sunday, to report his son had died on Friday, Chief Timothy Becker said.

Investigators who went to the Omosebi home reportedly had to force their way in, as the doors was padlocked on the inside. No food was discovered in the home. They found the “extremely emaciated and deceased” teenager, and also found a gaunt 11-year-old child, along with his mother, Titilayo, who was also undernourished, according to the report.

The father, Kehinde, told authorities that the family began fasting on July 19, and that he was a “religious minister affiliated with Cornerstone Reformation Ministries,” which is believed by police to have been made up.

The mother and 11-year-old were transported to a hospital. The mother reportedly refused medical treatment due to religious reasons, and was taken to the Sauk County Jail.

The child remains in protective custody at Children’s Hospital in Madison, while, according to Becker, the parents are eating while in jail.

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This Illuminati Conspiracy Theory Of Celebrities With Black Eyes Will Shock You..



A bizarre conspiracy theory has emerged suggesting that celebrities seen sporting a black left eye are part of the Illuminati. Former US President George W. Bush, along with the Pope, Prince Philip and Prince Andrew, have all also been photographed with black eyes.

According to some conspiracy theorists, the black left eye is part of a cult or ‘Illuminati’ high-level initiation ritual during which the pledger is said to be forced to ‘eat pain’ in a quest to become more powerful.

Author and internet radio show host Sherry Shriner –  who wrote the book Interview With The Devil, in which she claimed to converse with Lucifer – has spoken of the link between these black eyes and ‘soul scalping’.

According to Shriner, government leaders, people on TV with their own shows and hundreds of popular entertainers have sold their souls to Satan.

‘You cannot be on TV now, without signing on the dotted line. The bizarre recurrence of facial bruises on Illuminati politicians and entertainers has resulted in speculation that their souls have been replaced in a satanic ritual called “soul scalping”,’ she said.

Shriner, who died earlier this year, believed all the powerful people in the world have been soul scalped.

She said that this can one done in a number of ritualistic ways, all of which result in a ‘possession’, whereby the human soul is removed and the body taken over by the demonic entity.

In conspiracy circles, this process is also known as a ‘walk-in’. Some people believe the blackened eye is a result of soul scalping.

Meanwhile, celebrities have come up with various explanations for how they got their black eyes over the years.

The Pope was said to have hit his eye when riding through the streets of Cartagena, Columbia in the ‘Pope-mobile’ last year.

Several news reports stated that he had made a joke about the injury, saying that he’d been punched.

Conspiracy theorists have pointed out that even members of the royal family have been spotted with black eyes over the years.

Some researchers suggest a link between the bearers of black eyes to the worship of the Egyptian sun god Horus, whose left eye was black and represented the moon and whose right eye was white and represented the sun.

Culled from Daily Mail

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