In early 1995, Mark Tyoe, who has lived in Salisbury, NY since 1978, was in desperate need of a secure, reliable income for his family. He had been employed for 6 years by General Electric's aerospace division, at which time the company moved it's manufacturing out of the country. He then proceeded to receive an Associates Degree in Welding Technology through a grant reserved for GE's dislocated employees. Though this opportunity provided Mark and his family a means of income, work was sporadic. Visit wintergreenknoll.com
While in the Lake George area, Mark admired the creativity of a local chainsaw artist. Amazed at the potential income from this unusual art form, he decided to invest his last bit of unemployment and purchase the required bars used to create these sculptures. Mark, being a natural born artist with talents ranging from singer/songwriter and musician of several instruments, to drawing and painting, felt compelled to apply this gift to carving with a chainsaw. His very first art show, taking place near the Hudson River, rendered him over $1000 in sales....and the rest is history!
Upon entering his first Northeast Chainsaw Carving competition in 1996, Mark was awarded 1st place at the novice level. The competition allows 9 hours for each carver to complete their sculpture. The 1997 & 1998 season earned him First Place in the Professional Division, competing against carvers with 10-20 years more experience.
In September of 2000, Mark competed in Pennsylvania at the Mid-Atlantic Chainsaw Carving Championship. The competition was based on the same principals as the Northeast Championship, being the host to 11 carvers from various states. Mark was awarded First Place in the Carver's Vote category; Second Place in the Judges Vote category; and First Place in the speed carving event held on Saturday; rendering him overall Top Prize winner and Champ! In June 2003, Mark won first place at the Extreme Power Championships held in Pennsylvania.
Mark continues to express his talents through the tip of a chainsaw. Mark is a sought after talent and major draw at numerous grand openings, county/state fairs, and other annual events. People gather at the sound of the saw, wanting to see what the log will become. Watching at amazement to see the masterpiece sculpture that seemed to be hiding inside the wood.