Chad Gainey first started his career in chainsaw sculpture in the spring of 2011 as a way to enjoy weekends with his family at the local farmers market. His first carvings were various tikis carved out of scrap logs because, as he says, “Tikis are supposed to look rough cut and, usually, the uglier, the better.” After a few weeks of selling tikis he started getting requests for saltwater fish and birds. This began a journey of discovering a hidden natural talent and, along the way, a new career path. Chad holds a Bachelors Degree in Agriculture Education from the University of Florida and spent several years teaching high school agriculture before making the transition to full time professional chainsaw artist after partnering with international power equipment manufacturer Husqvarna in early 2015. In 2018, Chad was selected as a member of Husqvarna North America’s inaugural H-Team, a hand picked group of global ambassadors known for their skill, professionalism and knowledge of Husqvarna products.
His carvings can currently be found all across the United States as well as Canada and Germany. He has been featured in various media outlets such as The Panama City News Herald, The Tennessean, Bay County Bullet, The Williamson Herald, WJHG Channel 7 News (Panama City), WMBB News Channel 13 (Panama City), and WKRN News 2 (Nashville). In October 2016, Chad was featured as a master carver on Food Network’s highly rated series, Halloween Wars. Chad currently resides in north Florida with his family. He can be seen carving regularly at Open Houses and other dealer and corporate events for Husqvarna. He is available for on site stump carvings, private sculpture commissions or live carving demonstrations at fairs/festivals. Please visit the calendar page for his current events schedule.