Welcome to our 6th annual International Chainsaw Carving Championship!!!!

We are so exited for our 23, extremely talented, carvers to arrive and blow us away as they always do!!! In the passed five years we have watched them create awe-inspiring carvings, and I’m sure they wont disappoint this year. With some of the worlds best carvers joining, this should be awesome!!!!! So, without further ado, lets meet this years competitors.

John Hayes – Ireland

John is coming to us for the 3rd year from Waterford, Ireland and brining lots of energy to our event.  He has not been carving long but brings an enormous amount of talent.  He first gained attention when he carved a very old and large tree located on the grounds of Fener church.  He transformed this into what is known locally at the Angel Tree.  His world record breaking sculpture from one piece of wood called Dragonslayer can be seen in the Waterford Viking Triangle.  He has taken part in numerous shows and is currently competing in Lithuania.   We are looking forward to what he will be carving this year and the story behind the piece.

Chris Woods – Wales

 

Dennis Beach – Pennsylvania

Denis lives in the wooded hills of Wapwallopen, Pennsylvania. He cut into his first hardwood log in the early 1980s and has been sculpting some of todays greatest woodcarvings. Denis specializes is speed carvings, where he spends 30 minutes on stage with one log and quickly transforms a piece of nature into a piece of art. He has carved wood in New York, Kentucky, Georgia, Germany, Australia and Japan. Additionally Denis has carved ice in Alaska and Austria and went to the Caribbean islands to carve coral.

Hikaru Kodama – Japan

 

Takao Hayashi – Japan

Takao Hayashi has been chainsaw carving for 20 years. Takao very much enjoys carving animals, and his designs often incorporate many animals in one composition. His attention to details, along with his themed designs are his signature. The main reason behind his designs are to make his work smile, as well as people when they look at it. Takao was awarded first place in Japan chainsaw carving competitions in 2015, 2016, and 2017. He has also participated in several International competitions, such as Chetwynd; where he has also taken first place, most recently June 9th, 2019. This will be his 1st time at our event, we wish him the best of luck and can’t wait to see what he has to offer.

Mark Colp – California

Mark was born in Alberta but makes his home in California. Mark started carving right out of high school and has been carving for over 36 years.  Mark was on the reality show Carver Kings which can be seen on Netflix.  He was also on many episodes of the reality show Saw Dogs.  Mark has won many awards and he enjoys seeing people take his art home.

Jeff May – Idaho

Jeff May finds his slice of paradise in the foot hills, west  of the Bitterroot Mountains just north of Coeur D Alene, Idaho. For the past 22 years he has been sculpting wildlife from his home-based studio nestled in the woods where he enjoys bringing his subjects to life.“  He works mostly on commissions, based in the Northwest as he enjoys being intimately connected to the people and places his sculptures are installed. Jeff says, ” The road to creating anything begins with a willingness to fail first, but taking risks will develop you as an artist quicker than anything he’s experienced”. , Jeff strives to bring striking details into a sculpture where it counts and considers himself a lifelong learner. You can find more of his work via his website www.JeffMayArt.com

Ryan Villilers – Canada

Ryan Villiers is from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Villiers has sold commissions across our great nation and throughout the United States. Villiers got into carving in 2017 after watching Carver Kings and transitioning from work as a heavy-duty mechanic. His first portrait carving was of his grandfather who died in 2018. Villiers pours his talent and passion into every single piece and this award-winning artist is no stranger to international acclaim. Ryan creates unique, detailed, and memorable pieces that are sure to capture, commemorate or showcase your business or interests.

Marina Cole – Canada

Marina was always amused by art. She meddled in various mediums never really finding the one that was to be hers, until she was mesmerized by a hand carved Japanese Dragon. She at once took initiative to find where she could learn to express herself in such a way. Marina picked up her first chainsaw on April 9th, 2016. It was 2 months later that she entered her first competition. She had entered the novice category which did not have a ranking. It was all for the experience and wisdom of fellow carvers. Since that competition in June 2016, she has been involved in other competitions and events around the world such as Australia, Alaska and of course throughout British Columbia and Alberta.

Zoe Dussia – Pennsylvania

Zoe is a product of the Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous, a world renowned event in  small town Pennsylvania hosted by her family. Her dad and uncle started carving while she was in grade school but  the desire to try it came from travel  and being inspired by the women carvers at the Rendezvous who broke her stereotypes of what a carver looked like and what they chose to carve. The rendezvous brought international artists with free sharing of ideas and knowledge. It  opened doors and gave tons of inspiration.
 She has  been a featured artist in the Art of Chainsaw Carving (volume 2) and has competed and demonstrated internationally, which challenges her to continue to try new things and fuels her dislike for the mundane and the repetitive. She is in awe and humbled by the beauty of nature. The chainsaw is both her pencil and her eraser, learning this skill has given the most wonderful opportunity to live a creative life and share it with her husband Joe and three children.

Joe Dussia – Pennsylvania

No stranger to Kootenai country, Joe has competed and placed  in the Libby event every year since it started.  He started  his off  as a body work artist who took his passion and creative abilities from painting and airbrush work to chainsaw artist. Born and raised in the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania, Joe’s love for the outdoors and nature lends credibility and authenticity to his artwork. He has performed at fairs and festivals across the USA and Europe. His talents are many, from mechanics to art he understands form and design and has the gumption to work hard and incorporate that into his sculptures. His finished product proves this. He is a quiet competitor whose finished pieces define the “wow” factor in chainsaw art.
Joe has a flair for creating movement in a log and his “finishing techniques” are an inspiration for growth in the artform.

 

Lkhagvadorj Dorjsuren (George) – Mongolia

Born Dorjsuren Lkhagvadorj, he now goes by his Alaskan given nickname “George” which he earned at the World Ice Sculpture Championship in Fairbanks Alaska. The volunteers there nicknamed him “George” because of the difficulty they have pronouncing his Mongolian name. Like everything else, he accepts it with a grin and gets right back to work. George was the first Mongolian to carve ice as an art form. George has competed in many competitions internationally however; this will be George’s first time competing in our competition. We look forward to seeing his art in person.

Michael Frolich – Germany

 

Norbert Varga – Hungry

 

Jeff Samudosky – Washington

While visiting Vermont in the late 1990s, Jeff noticed some wood carvings along the side of a road. He thought, “I could do that” and opened J.M.S. Wood Sculpture in 1999. With over 20 years-experience, Jeff’s business has allowed him to live in many locations around the country and travel all over the world participating in competitions and becoming involved in the carving community. When he isn’t traveling, he creates his art in a small Washington town away from the hustle and bustle distractions of the major cities. Jeff was featured as an animal anatomy specialist in two episodes of the first chainsaw reality show, SAW DOGS, which aired on the Discovery Channel in 2012 (“Race to the Finish” and “First Breath”). More recently his sculptures were in National Geographic Kids UK magazine issue 145, Wood Carving Illustrated issue 82, Odd is Art, published by Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, and Who’s Who in Visual Art – 100 Artisans, Craftspeople & Designers – Vol. 2018-2019.

Adrian Bois – Argentina

Adrian is from Villa Elisa in Argentina. Adrian has been competitively carving for about six years.  Adrian began his career building wooden toys and small hand carved pieces.  Adrian has traveled around the world carving and he says this is all due to the chainsaw carving world.  He says chainsaw carvers are like a big family and he is proud to be part of the family.

 

Josphat Phiri – South Africa

 

Niels Ejnar Petersen – Denmark

Hi, my name is Niels Ejnar Petersen I am a chainsaw carver from Denmark.
I am 57 years old and have been carving for most of my life. My childhood whittling have developed into chainsaw carving and a way of life. I have been chainsaw carving since 1994 and as a pro carver since 2006. I travel a lot with my carving, attending events and competitions in USA, Canada, England, Scotland, Germany, Holland and Norway and hopefully more countries to come. I also organize an International Chainsaw Carving Festival in Denmark. I am a forester by profession and beside carving I have taught forestry at a vocational school for many years. Now I am full time carver. I am married to Margrethe who is the leader of a preschool with 150 children. She recently started carving. Together we have three grown kids and 3 grandchildren.
https://www.facebook.com/Saveniels/ www.saveniels.dk

Rob Milner – Canada

 

Raimondas Uzdravis – Lithuania

I’ve been working with a chainsaw for 31 years. I worked as a logger for ten years. I’ve been a carpenter for fifteen years. I made forest furniture, resting areas, cross the wooden bridges and stairs and gazebos. Eight years old I started chainsaw carving. I like to do burning sculptures at various festivals for the audience. I studied forestry and landscape architecture. In the international carving festivals I started in 2016.

 

Alex Pricob – Romania

Alex was born in Moldova but now resides in Washington.  Alex is returning for his 5th year. He became a professional carver in 2014 after taking 1st place in the semi-pro division in Reedsport.  He has a studio in Yelm and is a full-time carver.  We are looking forward to what he will be carving this year.

 

Sam Bowsher – Scotland

My names Sam Bowsher, I’m a 24 year old, full time chainsaw carver based in the South of Scotland. I have competed in a handful of competitions over the last few years, my best result being a win of the 2020 Carve Carrbridge Online competition. I love carving wildlife, whether it’s British or worldwide. I have visited the US on a number of holidays to stay with some top carvers, namely Dayton Scoggins, Joe Dussia and Brett McLain, but never to compete. The Libby comp is one of my bucket list items that I am delighted to get the opportunity to compete in. I’ve grown up in the carving family and I absolutely love being a part of it Here’s some examples of my work

Jacob Lucas – Washington

Jacob is from Washington and has been carving since 2004.  Carving became Jacob’s dream at age 13 and the rest is history.  He has competed and placed in a number of national and international events.  He has a 10-foot tall nutcracker figure that he carved for the city of Leavenworth’s Nutcracker Museum.  Jacob will be attending our neighbors to the north chainsaw competition in Chetwynd and we wish him the best there. We cannot wait to see what he will be carving here in Libby this year.