David Hillesland Seaside Signature Artist
I am a native Oregonian who found the love of woodcarving in my late twenties. I was never very artistic but woodworking came very naturally to me.
I started hand carving in March 2009 and quickly found myself very occupied with a new hobby. I enjoy the whole process from the beginning to the end product that comes from a little inspiration and a lot of hard work. After a chance encounter with a chainsaw sculptor, I was invited to learn from Toby Johnson. He has shown me how to turn what used to be a hobby into a profession.
David Hillesland Continued... Signature Artist
My wife and I stepped out on faith and started Oregon Chainsaw Sculptures, LLC in September 2009 and haven’t looked back. I believe that I have been given a gift from God, and before I start each project I pray for the Lord to direct my hand.
Because of this God given gift, we have come up with a “Pay-it-forward business model.” We believe in serving others with our gift and we do this by giving back.
Most recently, we donated a Black Walnut Eagle to the P.V.A. to raise money for the paralyzed and disabled troops that have served so bravely. We are donating 10% of all future orders of the Veteran’s Eagle Series back to the V.A. to help out with supporting our troops.
I have always had an interest in the Native Peoples of North America and when I was asked to donate a piece to the N.W. Natives Club I was honored. This summer, we are donating a 15-foot totem pole to the N.W. Natives Club at Chemeketa Community College.
I would’ve never believed that I would be so blessed to have an occupation I truly love. I enjoy seeing people’s eyes light up when they see a piece of my art that they enjoy. I am always interested in pushing my art as far as I can. I take a lot of joy in the fact that all my wood is urban removed and therefore saved from the fireplace. I harvest what would otherwise be disposed of and give it a second life to be enjoyed by many people.