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Tynan's mastery of anatomy sets him apart in carving world

February 21, 2012

Photo by Amy Cherry - Ken Tynan of Butler is shown with his roaring grizzly sculpture, which he is working on for Saturday's Rendezvous auction. Since he started his carving career 12 years ago, the self-taught sculptor has mastered both human and animal anatomy.

Although Ken Tynan of Butler makes a significant portion of his salary carving bears, his true passion lies in creating comic book and superheroes. For this year's Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous auction, Tynan has stuck with what comes naturally to him and has created a massive roaring grizzly out of white pine, weighing in at 400 pounds.
The 52-year-old Butler native drew attention in past years at the Rendezvous with his big green Hulk sculpture.
"I use to drive around town with the Hulk in the back of my truck," he said. "All my life I've drawn him (the Hulk) as a kid. I taught myself so much with that one carving. It helped with everything, including anatomy."

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