Frederick Chainsaw and Mandrel Competition log carvers say it’s not just about picking logs – Longmont Times-Call


The nine competing log carving artists at Frederick’s Chainsaws and Chuckwagons say it’s not just about carefully selecting logs and have some insider tips.

“I chose the log I made because it has everything I need for a few ideas that I pitched on,” said Once Upon a Log Owner and journaling competitor Justin Driver.

Sculptor Justin Driver cuts a piece of the log on top while working on day one of Frederick’s Chainsaws and Chuckwagons woodcarving competition. (Matthew Jonas / Personal photographer)

Driver took first place in last year’s competition with his artwork titled ‘Keepin’ It Squatchy ‘and had the opportunity to be the first lumberjack to pull a random number from this log selection. year. The Farmington, Ky. Native was fourth in the marbles selection this year. This is his fifth year competing at the Frederick’s Chainsaw and Chuckwagons chainsaw event.

“It’s art at 100mph,” Driver said, “There’s just something fantastic about the engine revving up, the buzzing sawdust and the smell of burning gas when you create. art and watch it come to life before your very eyes. “

As well as picking, or rather a log choosing its artist as Driver described it, he also said: “Every log tells a story – you can walk around thinking ‘I’m going to do this’ but then you start pulling it out. bark, sanding it down and finally digging in and suddenly – the log reveals what it was meant to be carved into. “

Driver wasn’t ready to reveal what his creation would be this year, but instead said, “Come out, have a good time with us and watch it unfold before your eyes, the revelation through the process is the more fun. “

Colorado sculptor and Sweetwater trading post owner Joe Srholez, who won second place in last year’s competition, said good art comes from a great selection of marbles.

Carver Justin Driver pushes a piece of the cut log from the top while working on day one of Frederick’s Chainsaws and Chuckwagons woodcarving competition at Centennial Park. (Matthew Jonas / Personal Photographer)

“Sometimes the papers kind of talk to you,” Srholez said. “In a competition like this you don’t always get the log you noticed, but happy ‘accidents’ come from the log you are working with – so knowing what type of log it is and what kind of log it is. where it comes from can help you turn it into a work of art.

Frederick spokeswoman Jessica Hill said the logs are donated annually by American Arborist Services and unused logs will go to the city’s tree service for other uses.

“What’s new this year is that artists are allowed to sell their competition pieces, with certain conditions we have set for sculptors,” Hill said. “However, the Frederick Art Council can outbid and order a finished sculpture for $ 500 if it chooses to do so.”

Log carving began as a hobby for Srholez in 2000 when he worked as a construction worker on log houses. In 2015, Srholez took some of his sculptures to a farmers market, which helped him gain popularity and by 2017, log carving had become his full-time passion.

“I joke and say I started out getting bored and thinking, ‘Hey, that might be cool to cut and let me see if I can do that with this new chainsaw that I have. -he declares.

Sculptor Matt Ounsworth makes log cuts on day one of Frederick’s Chainsaws and Chuckwagons woodcarving competition at Centennial Park on Wednesday. (Matthew Jonas / Personal photographer)

In his second appearance at the event, Lincoln, Neb., Resident and owner of 3 Timber Studio, Nate Hall, said that as much as it was about the selection of logs, it was more about l artistic eye and what he sees can be done with a log.

“I don’t know how, but I was lucky because I got exactly the ball I was aiming for, despite being eighth in the ball selection,” said Hall. “I knew exactly what I wanted to carve coming here today and saw this log and knew it was the right one for our design.”

Hall wasn’t ready to reveal what creation he was starting to shape on Wednesday, but said, “The fun part is watching the viewers and how they react to the pattern recognition passing by.”

Frederick Chainsaw and Chuckwagons’ free event runs through Sunday, but artists must have completed their masterpieces by 4 p.m. Saturday. Residents can start voting from 10 a.m. on Saturday. Residents can also visit Centennial Park, 630 Eighth St., to watch the loggers work between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily until the deadline.


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