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Three in a row for Bowsher at Carve Carrbridge

Date: 5 September 2015 PRESS RELEASE



It was three in a row today (Saturday 5th September) at Carve Carr-Bridge with Moffat-based carver Pete Bowsher picking up the coveted Claymore Trophy again this year. It means he’s now won the title eight years out of the 13 years that the popular event has been running.

Pete won today’s annual Scottish Open Chainsaw Carving Championships with an intricate carving of two eagles fighting over a fish but it was Iain Chalmers from the Black Isle again who stole the hearts of the public in the ‘Peoples Choice’ award with his stunning fantasy wildlife house titled, ‘There’s No Place Like Home’.

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Speaking about his win, Pete said: “I’m delighted to win again but I think the others are getting a bid fed up with me! But I’ll keep coming back, it’s such a fantastic event – I couldn’t miss it – it’s a really well organised competition and we’re always made to feel so welcome here in Carr-Bridge.”

Pete’s carving depicted a dramatic mid-air battle between two eagles.

“You’re preparing for the competition months ahead and competitors always do something they’ve done before because the time constaints mean you have to – you couldn’t pitch up and do something you hadn’t tried before. The first time I did this carve it took me 4 days, today I only had 4 hours! There is serious pressure on everyone.”

And the judges this year found themselves under severe pressure saying that it was the toughest competition they’d judged. Chief Judge and Chief Executive of the Cairngorms National Park Authority, Grant Moir said: “I’ve been judging at Carve Carr-Bridge for the last three years and this was definitely the hardest day – the standard was extremely high.”

With three ladies on the field this year – local lady Alice Buttress, Welsh competitor Nanci Hemming and new entrant Griffon Ramsay from the USA – some wondered if a women could snatch the title this year. There hasn’t been a female winner at Carve Carr-Bridge in some nine years but alas it was not to be this time.

However the carvers certainly didn’t disappoint the 3,000 plus spectators that gathered to cheer on the international line-up from plenty of home grown talent to carvers from as far afield as the USA, Canada and Poland. As well as the winner of ‘Best New Entrant’ and ‘Carvers Choicer’ awards Minoslav Trnovsky from Slovakia.

Pete Bowsher receives first prize of a new chainsaw from sponsor Stihl.

Event organiser Gavin Gerrard said: “This is the 13th year for Carve Carr-Bridge and it just gets better and better every year. No-one could have predicted who would win this year, the standard of carving across the competition was that good. I am always amazed at how every year the judges have a tougher and tougher job on their hands. I’d like to congratulate Pete, Iain, Tom, Garry and Minoslav on their success here today and would like to say a massive thank you to all our supporters, volunteers and our fantastic judges”.


The final results for all categories are:
Carve Carr-Bridge
1st – Pete Bowsher, Scotland
2nd – Tom Harris Ward, Scotland
3rd – Garry Shand, Scotland
Winner of the Peoples Choice – Iain Chalmers, Scotland
Best New Entrant – Minoslav Trnovsky, Slovakia
Carvers Choice Award - Minoslav Trnovsky, Slovakia

A full list of competitors and more information can be found on the Carve Carr-Bridge website: www.carvecarrbridge.com.



For more information contact: Gavin Gerrard on mob 0777 1914598

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