Chainsaw: The chainsaw is to rural Mainers what the rifle is to the Marines. If you don't know that the means, go ask a Marine. Come to think of it, rifles are pretty important to rural Mainers, too. On the other hand, we don't exactly known how important chainsaws are to Marines. Anyway, the chainsaw is used in rural Maine for all the obvious things: clearing land, cutting firewood, getting raccoons out of trees. But here in Maine chainsaws have what some might call novel uses, like filleting those large fish you hear about in Maine fish stories, or carving a wooden Indian out of a tree trunk. No Maine fair is complete without at least one chainsaw ahtist.
(Text by John McDonald / Illustrations by Peter Wallace)