Buy a Raffle Ticket to Win a Chain Saw Carving
Like so many other inventions, modern chain saws were first designed with an entirely different purpose in mind. In the 18th century, the concept of the chain saw was developed for surgical purposes, to aid doctors in cutting bone without causing as much damage to the surrounding tissue as conventional methods at the time. The modern, portable chain saw was designed and introduced to the logging industry in Germany in 1925 where its worth was quickly established. It continues as the fundamental tool in the logging industry to this day.
Chain saw carving likely started shortly after chain saws themselves arrived in logging camps. However, while the oldest records of chain saw carvers begins in the 1950’s, as an art form, it really didn’t begin to gather momentum until the early 1980’s when it was first introduced at the Lumberjack World Championships.
Generally considered a performance art because of the noise, sawdust and quick carving results, chain saw carving is very entertaining to watch, with carvings created in both a remarkable variation of size and topic. Chain saw carvings can range from comic garden talismans, to functional furniture, to stunning works of art.
For several years now, the Kearney Dog Sled Races (KDSR) has welcomed Steven Nicholson from Deadwood Carving to demonstrate the art of Chain Saw Carving, and display some of his work on Race Weekend. Steven will be back again, but this year we’ve added a twist! On February 7th, Steven will be starting two chain saw carvings that spectators and participants alike can attempt to win! There are three permanent carvings in town that Steven has made, two carvings of bears are located at the Community Centre, and the third, a magnificent bench that Steven started at the 2014 Races, is located very near this year’s starting line. The carvings you could win will be smaller than these rather large examples of Steven’s abilities, but please check them out and drop in to watch as Steven gets started on this years projects.
While we don’t yet know what Steven has in mind to create, tickets will go on sale Race Weekend for $2 each, or 3 for $5, and will continue to be sold during the year by the Kearney Seniors Club and KDSR committee members. The winners of these two fantastic pieces of art will be drawn Sunday August 2, 2015 at 8:30PM before the Fireworks Display begins at the Kearney Regatta. Good luck!
Please check back on our social media channels over the weekend for updated pictures as work on the carvings proceed.
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