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Hancock, Maine: Ray Murphy's Chainsaw Art

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Address:
734 US-1, Hancock, ME
Directions:
On the north side of US Hwy 1, just west of its intersection with Hwy 182.
Hours:
Show closed in 2019. Shop still open next door. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Chainsaw Artist Sawyer.

Ray Murphy's Chainsaw Art

Ray Murphy is the world's number one chainsaw artist, according to Ray Murphy - famous for chainsawing the alphabet into a No. 2 pencil.

Roadsideamerica.com Report... [03/28/2010]

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Carving of a lobster.

Ray Murphy Chainsaw Sawyer

We happened upon the original chainsaw artist, Ray Murphy, after driving by an interesting carving of a hand holding a lobster. What a treat! At 80+ years old Ray is a hoot and happy to tell tales of his travels and accomplishments. His work is in "Ripley's Believe it or Not" museums worldwide after he started sawing the alphabet on #2 pencils!

[Karen Carrara, 10/16/2023]

Carving a belt buckle.

Ray Murphy's Chainsaw Show

This is awesome! Ray is the genuine article and has a terrific talent. Make time for this -- if you're anywhere in the vicinity (we drove an hour to see it and we're not disappointed!). Ray sawed my name into a wooden belt buckle -- while I wore the belt. Our kids loved it and we have some wood-sawed art to take home and display. A definite must on your list!

[Tim, 07/13/2014]

Chainsaw Show sign.

Chainsaw Sawyer Art Stage Show

One of the most unique stage shows, and only show like it in the world. The Chainsaw Sawyer Artist (Reg. Trademark) performs many near impossible feats with chainsaws. You can see Ray saw at least 10 numbers on a toothpick and a chair sawed in 10 seconds. Ray makes two sculptures at the same time using a chainsaw in each hand.

This show is thrilling to watch and very entertaining for the whole family,

[Rema Mitchell, 05/01/2008]

Anything involving chainsaws and toothpicks -- we're there! From chainsaw artist Ray Murphy's website, chainsawentertainer.com: "Chainsaw Art Celebrity Ray Murphy has been sawing art for 55 years. His work can be found around the world on seven continents."

Wild Mountain Man

Just up Route 1 in Hancock, ME, is the "Wild Mountain Man," a chainsaw carver of all sorts of fabulous things. There's usually a crowd gathered in the parking lot in the summer to watch him carve dolphins, bears, Indians, you name it.

[Mary (Mattila) Cooper, 09/12/1999]

The Wild Mountain Man (aka Ray Murphy) wants everyone to know that he's a chainsaw sawyer, not a chainsaw carver, which he considers an oxymoron.


Nearby Offbeat Places

Large Fiberglass LobsterLarge Fiberglass Lobster, Hancock, ME - < 1 mi.
Pet Sematary Movie HousePet Sematary Movie House, Hancock, ME - 4 mi.
The Great Maine Lumberjack ShowThe Great Maine Lumberjack Show, Trenton, ME - 4 mi.
In the region:
Nervous Nellie's: Where Jam is Made, Deer Isle, ME - 27 mi.

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