Posted by: sunnyharvy | June 17, 2015

Community Carved By Success

Chetwynd0009

We just happened to pass through Chetwynd, BC in time for their biggest annual event – the International Chainsaw Carving Championship. Over time (this was the 11th annual) this event has given the citizens of this small town something to boast about. “Community Carved by Success” is even their town slogan. Nearly 150 carved sculptures are permanently displayed around town with new ones added every year after each competition.

Chetwynd0004

As you can see there are many different styles.

Chetwynd0034

Twelve expert carvers competed this year, coming from as far away as Japan, Australia, and Connecticut, plus British Columbia and Alaska. Each spent three and a half days carving one large masterpiece.

Chetwynd0048

Chetwynd0047

Chetwynd0106

This was one of our favorites. It placed second in the final judging.

Chetwynd0101

Here are a few others. Pretty amazing stuff, eh?

Chetwynd0107

Chetwynd0098

Judging the eventual winner.

On Sunday afternoon each competitor carved what they could in 90 minutes from a single round of cedar. These pieces were all auctioned off to an eager crowd.

Chetwynd0073

Tools of the trade.

Chetwynd0079

Gentlemen, start your engines… er, saws.

Chetwynd0109

What some created in 90 minutes.

Chetwynd0115

Chetwynd0072

These fellows were seen in the parking lot.

Chetwynd0108

Almost forgot to mention that we camped overnight right at the event site. And, it was all FREE! A fun time indeed.

Advertisements

Responses

  1. Those are spectacular carvings! My oh my…

  2. Amazing, to have that skill – what did the sculpture that looks like angel wings (orange tent in the background) turn out like?

    • It was a beautiful angel on one side and the Grim Reaper on the other. Creepy but beautiful.

    • It was an amazing angel on one side and the Grim Reaper on the other. Creepy but beautiful.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Categories

%d bloggers like this: