Thursday, July 17, 2008


Chainsaw Sculpting Is A Real Art

MILTON-FREEWATER, Ore. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Some artists use paint brushes, others use chainsaws.

The 4th Annual Logs to Frogs Chainsaw Carving Contest is bringing woodworking wonders to Milton-Freewater, Oregon, this weekend (Jul. 19-20), where they’ll show off their speedy wood carving skills.

Event organizer Mike Watkins says, “It’s fast and furious carving that produces the coolest art pieces. They start with a chunk of wood and make art out of it. They’re real artists, only they use a chainsaw instead of a paintbrush.”

The contest has two events, the speed carve, which gives participants one hour and 15 minutes to whittle, and the long carve, where they get 12 hours to create a work of wood art.

Past contestants have wowed judges by creating detailed bears, a frog riding a snail, and even a child picking a frog’s nose.

However, no one ever makes naughty wood carvings because, as Watkins puts it, “We tell them, ‘If you wouldn’t carve it for your mother, don’t carve it for us.’”

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