MAL McEwen is a north Georgia chainsaw artist with family roots in the area dating back to 1746. He has always enjoyed working with his hands and creating works of beauty, whether it be as a mechanic, machinist or trim carpenter.
MAL picked up a chainsaw for the first time in 2002 and has never looked back. What started as a hobby has transformed into a livelihood, with commissioned projects coming from as far away as California.
Known as the MALhatter (for the colorful top hat he wears while performing), MAL has carved from Florida to Pennsylvania to Washington State and many points in between.
Always willing to give back to his community, MAL demonstrates at multiple local libraries each summer with the hope of inspiring children to follow their dreams. He has also been commissioned for carvings at a number of public and private schools and is always a big hit with the kids.
In May of 2009 MAL organized the first major carving competition in the Southeastern US. The Inaugural "Buzz in the Blue Ridge Chainsaw Carving Extravaganza" was a huge success - nine carvers showcased their talent and raised awareness of this up and coming art form. With the success of the Buzz, MAL has gone on to promote several other carving events in the Southeast.
In 2013 MAL became a International Artist when he was invited to Carve in both the English Chainsaw Championship in Manchester England then the following week at the Scottish Chainsaw Championship in Carrbridge Scotland. A very proud moment in MALS Career was when he won best new carver in Carrbidge with his Gnome Riding a Dragoin Fly.