Jim Marbutt (1964- ) was born in Chatooga County, Georgia. He created his first carvings with a nail; he was so young his father wouldn't give him a knife. In 1990 he became the tenth chainsaw carver in the United States. He says that the wood speaks to him, and that is where the designs come from. His figures tend to be large and are often Native Americans that are painted once they are carved with a chainsaw. Through his artwork, he strives to make people feel a true kinship with nature, Indian heritage, and animals. Marbutt's carvings are in the collections of museums, libraries, and federal buildings across the country.