“Chris Lantz is an internationally award winning chainsaw carver from North Georgia. He travels far and wide to share his God-given talent. Come on out for some high-energy live chainsaw carving demonstrations!”
LETS LEARN ABOUT CHRIS
“It all started for Chris in 1989, one year before he was born. His dad and two uncles used to party and do drugs and they started going to church in Melbourne Florida, where they met a man named Ted Traverse. Ted told them he felt he was being led by God to teach them to chainsaw carve. So he did and Chris watched for 19 years and then left his house with a trash bag full of clothes, a $20 bill, and a pack of cigarettes and moved to an abandoned flea market in Columbus, Georgia. He slept there for a week and a half until finally he got his hands on a chainsaw and two weeks after that carved a bear for $125. Since then he quit smoking cigarettes and gave his life to the Lord. Chris has gone on to win multiple international awards for speed demonstrations and masterpiece carvings. He has been carving now for 10 years and is always looking for ways to improve."
Back in 1989 a year before I was born, my dad and two uncles used to be real bad, party and do drugs. They started going to church in Melbourne, Florida, there they met a man named Ted Travers and Ted told them he felt he was being led by God to teach them how to chainsaw carve. I watched for 19 years before deciding to try it for myself and on December 5, 2009 I left my house with a trash bag of clothes, a twenty dollar bill, and a pack of cigarettes with only a dream; to become one of the best chainsaw carvers in the world. I moved to Columbus, Georgia to work with my cousin. I was under the impression that he had a shop and all the tools I would need, and an environment that would cultivate my skills as an artist, the truth was far different than I could have ever imagined. After a few days I began to ask him to work, I was starving and freezing and needed to make money so I wouldn't be. He just said, "The more and more you tell me to work the less and less I want to". He would run off with his girlfriend and leave me at his "shop" which was really just a vacant space in an abandoned flea market. For a week and a half I slept in an onion cellar on two church pews facing each other on a feather mattress; cold and hungry. Something had to change. The next day I woke up and began to search for something to eat, to no avail. Then like a miracle, my other cousin, Mike, came into the door wearing his military uniform. He asked me what I was doing there and I told him that I was there to learn to carve, and explained my dilemma to him. Mike told me that if it did not get better, I could come live with him! Like a miracle I was saved! The next day I asked my cousin to work, and guess what, he didnt, so I called Mike. He came and got me, took me to his house and began to teach be how to carve when he had the time. He showed me how to "finish" a chainsaw carving and to carve a bear and a pelican. After one month of practice I was starting to catch on; that was when Mike informed me that he had to PCS to Fort Bragg, NC to begin his green beret training, he invited me to stay with him and I continued to study under him until the summer.
I can go on and on for days in extreme detail about my adventures up until this point of my life but I'll sum it up, you can ask me in person and I'll give you enough material to write a novel. I thought I was something when I was nothing, and ended up totaling my first truck in August of 2010, After that, I found myself in some trouble and had to stop carving for 8 months. At the end of that time Mike called back and said he would be willing to give me a second chance, and I started over again with one small chainsaw. Within 3 months I had my own truck again and all the tools I needed, eventually I stumbled across this little jewel called Lake Oconee, GA and have been here since August 2011. I surrendered my Life to Jesus Christ in April of 2012, and have since found my beautiful wife, Courtney..
"It is clear to me how God had a hand in every single thing I have been a part of."