GREENSBURG – Toledo, Ohio based company 3D Custom Carvings has visited several locations in and around Decatur County this summer, demonstrating their impressive chainsaw sculpting skills and generosity with their Chainsaws for Charity program.
Events attended in the area this summer by the Chainsaws for Charity include the Jeff Burton Memorial Ride in Osgood, the 4th of July Parade in Milan, many benefits in Versailles, the Ripley County Fair, the Allie League Benefit, the Nick and Tommy Yorn Benefit, Greensburg Power of the Past, the Cops and Kids Ride in Milan, and CPs Grand Opening in Napoleon.
At each of these events, Chainsaws for Charity displays completed carvings, as well as doing new sculptures at the event. As each event comes to a close, one sculpture is raffled to cover 3D Custom Carving’s expenses and the remainder of the sculptures are raffled or auctioned with the proceeds going directly to the charity holding the event.
Steve Gore, the main chainsaw artist and founder of 3D Custom Carvings, has an interesting, but terrible story as to how Chainsaws for Charity was started. Gore was already well-known for his detailed, beautiful wood carvings when he was attacked in a brutal attempted murder that left him with scores of severe injuries and nearly caused his liver and kidneys to fail.
His skull was fractured from more than a dozen hits to the head with a baseball bat and tire iron. His left arm was shattered, more than 30 blood clots formed in his leg, severe bruises and lacerations covered much of his body and his hands had been stomped and smashed.
Following the attack, Gore was taken to his home and left to lie on the ground for more than 15 hours before being found. His phone had been taken and his vehicle disabled, though he was in no condition to use either.