Chainsaw carving weekend returns to Sawmill Center

It takes a sharp saw and a skilled artist to carve an owl out of a block of pine wood. Ernest Quinn of Derry had the sharp saw and the talent to bring the pine to life in the form of this owl at the annual chainsaw carver’s exhibition last year at the Sawmill Center for the Arts.

COOKSBURG - The Sawmill Center for the Arts will hold one of its signature events, the chainsaw carvers' round-up from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 through Sunday, Sept. 15.

The much-anticipated annual event will be the place for spectators to see artists carve masterpieces from simple logs. Carvers from around the region spend the weekend actively working, and then auctioning off their finished pieces.

Carving begins on Thursday, Sept. 12 featuring 16 chainsaw carvers transforming the logs into beautifully crafted pieces of art all weekend long.

Chainsaw carvers participating this year are Ernest Quinn, Amber Long, Todd Gladfelter, Adam Tate, Elaine Foys, Bob Anderson, Jim Fife, Kevin Black, Doug Ryan, Phil Yordy, Randy Rupert, Brian Fox, Bill Kohler, Travis Burrows, Steve Nelson, and Don Cyphert.

Auctions will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 and at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15. Registration for the auction begins at 3 p.m. each day.

This festival features vendors selling food, crafts and wood-carving-related supplies. As always, the Sawmill's own craft market will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. offering handmade items from various different vendors set up in the large classroom.

Stock car driver Charlie Powell will also be at the Sawmill from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 for autographs and pictures with his race car.

The Sawmill Center for the Arts is a non-profit organization dedicated to instructing, preserving and honoring the arts. Located at 170 Theater Lane in Cook Forest State Park, the center offers art classes, live theatre performances and a bountiful craft market, full of one-of-a-kind handcrafted items. For more information, call the Sawmill at (814) 927-6655.