Ace the NOVA Nighthawk is immortalized in wood at NOVA-Manassas

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Provided by Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA)

Chainsaw artist Andrew Mallon of AM Sculptures recently carved a realistic likeness of Ace the NOVA Nighthawk at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College as part of the back-to-school events sponsored by Student Life. 

Wielding two large chainsaws and other power tools, Mallon started by creating an outline of NOVA’s mascot in a block of poplar. Over the course of an hour Mallon carved details of Ace’s face along with the words “NOVA” and “Nighthawks.”

Next Mallon highlighted various parts of the artwork by burning the wood and then removing some of charred spaces with a stiff brush. He also emphasized Ace’s features with spray paint in selected areas.

The chainsaw show was streamed live on NOVA’s Facebook page and has been watched more than a thousand times. Comments from viewers include “Must be amazing to do that” and “Wow, this guy is really talented.” To watch the video, go to


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