Maine Chainsaw Artist Is Hanging Up His Saw For Good
Somewhere back in the 80's, Ray Murphy from Hancock started doing live shows to display his talent at carving pretty intricate designs out of wood with a chainsaw. He'd started doing it well before that as kind of a hobby, back in the late 50's. But now, Ray says he's ready to hang it up, according to WFVX-TV22.
Back in 2016, Ray had a heart attack, and it forced him to step back a bit from working. He's been doing nightly shows for decades, but sadly, they will come to an end on September 8th. However, Ray isn't retiring altogether. He'll still be making things for his shop, and continuing to sell his carvings. So fans of Ray can still go check out his stuff.
In fact, people like his stuff so much, he was once even featured on CBS Sunday Morning back in 2011, in a piece done with Bill Geist. Scope out that video:
Luckily, we live in a state where cool things like this still happen, and guys like Ray aren't completely scarce. Maine is full of folks with great stories to share, and unusual talents to display. It'll be sad to see the shows end, but it's awesome that it's something Maine could call it's own.