Outside of certain small social circles, the chainsaw is an underappreciated artistic medium. Wierd, I know. You usually think of it in rustic settings, maybe a lot full of intricately carved bears holding toilet paper, or soaring eagles for sale on the side of a rural road. Most of us don’t often associate this particular form of artistic expression with science fiction, but that doesn’t mean the two sides are mutually exclusive.
Nowhere is this more evident than in this sculpture of Groot, the eight-foot-tall alien tree from Marvel’s mega hit Guardians of the Galaxy. You remember him, he’s the strange looking fella that only ever says, “I am Groot” as a response to every question or direct address. I guess it’s extra appropriate that this version of the big lovable guy is carved out of an actual tree, although on second thought, that could also be viewed as rather morbid and kind of sinister.
This is the work of chainsaw artist Griffon Ramsey, and the finished product is pretty damn impressive. Maybe it’s not considered the highest of art forms, but this is definitely the work of an individual very skilled in her chosen arena. If you’re interested in seeing just how much work goes into something like a chainsaw-carved Groot, today is your lucky day, as Ramsey also posted this video of her process, which is, admittedly, fascinating to watch. Check it out below.
Here’s what she says about this footage:
Watch me sculpt Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy using chainsaws and get to know a little more about my background in this video. It was such a fun piece to make, in spite of the challenges that arose during the process.
As you probably imagined, this bad boy is very much for sale. If you’re interested in owning this, you can go HERE and order one. And I really need one of you to purchase this and invite me over to hang out with it, there’s no way I have that much disposable income, but I desperately want to take a picture of myself getting drunk with Groot made out of an actual tree.
You also probably know that Guardians of the Galaxy is still rolling at the box office. It has become a fixture in the weekly top ten, and has grossed north of $654 million globally, which is pretty damn impressive for a movie that stars both an angry, heavily armed raccoon and a talking tree (although I guess the Lord of the Rings movies did pretty well, didn’t they?). The space adventure hits Blu-ray and DVD on December 9, just in time for Christmas, although it will be available digitally starting on November 18.