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Saturday 1st September 2018.

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2017 Entry

Adults: £6.00

Under 16s: £2.00

Under 5: Free

2017 Prizes

1st £500
2nd £350
3rd £200
Best New Entrant £150
People’s Choice £150

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2017 Results Press Release

FIRST TIME LUCKY FOR LITHUANIAN CARVER
CARVE CARR-BRIDGE CHAINSAW EVENT RESULTS

 

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It was first time lucky at Carve Carrbridge today (2nd September) for new entrant Raimondas Uzdravis as he practically swept the board at the annual chainsaw carving competition.

The first Lithuanian carver to ever take to the field at Carve Carrbridge, Raimondas not only won the top prize – the coveted Claymore Trophy and a brand new eco-friendly Stihl electric chainsaw donated by Stihl UK – as voted for by a panel of judges, he also won the Carvers Choice (also receiving the new Abb Henderson Trophy) AND the Best New Entrant. The new face on the field carved an intricate dragon which wowed the judges and spectators alike.

This year's runner up was seasoned Carve Carrbridge entrant Tim Burgess with 'Good Knight' and third place and also winning the Peoples Choice award was former champion Pete Bowsher with his golfer 'Four Carrbridge'.

Organisers are still to confirm the days attendance but it's thought to have been a record breaking turn out for the 15th Carve Carrbridge with almost 4,000 through the gate, all of them keen to see what the carvers can make from a piece of Sitka Spruce 22 inches in diameter and eight foot long – in only four hours! And as always, the results were amazing!

To view images from today's event visit the Carve Carrbridge facebook page https://www.facebook.com/carvecarrbridge/ There is also a full list of competitors and more information to be found on the Carve Carr-Bridge website: www.carvecarrbridge.com.


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Notes to newsdesks:
The event is organised by a team of volunteers with the help of the sponsors and many local businesses. Funds raised are donated to the local community. For more information contact: Gavin Gerrard on mob 0777 1914598

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2016 Results

CLAYMORE TROPHY HEADING FOR POLAND

CARVE CARR-BRIDGE CHAINSAW EVENT RESULTS

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Polish chainsaw carver and only second time entrant, Wladek Ligocki has won this year's Carve Carr-Bridge with his carving titled 'Beggar', depicting a hunched old man.
Wladek made his debut at the annual Scottish Open Chainsaw Carving Championships just last year and today (Saturday 3rd September) snatched first place from Scot Pete Bowsher who has won Carve Carr-Bridge the last three years in a row.
As well as the coveted Claymore trophy, Wladek walks away with £500 prize money and a brand new Stihl MS181 chainsaw donated by event sponsors Stihl UK. When his name was announced, all a shocked Wladek could say was "superb, I can't believe it, every carving here is so great." Wladek also won the Carver's Choice title today.
Pete Bowsher from Moffat was still on the winner's podium however, winning the People's Choice, and taking second place overall. Third was Michael Tamoszus from Germany and the Best New Entrant this year was won by Jonathan Sherwood from Harrogate in Yorkshire.
More than 3,000 people turned out to cheer on the international line-up of carvers including local lady Alice Buttress, past winner Iain Chalmers from the Black Isle and new entrant for 2016 Sue O' Sullivan from the USA.
Event organiser Gavin Gerrard said: "Carve Carr-Bridge just keeps getting better and we couldn't do it without the support of all our sponsors including Stihl UK, Spey Valley Hire and many others. The volunteers who help set up, work here on the day and take everything down again, are invaluable. We welcome around 23 carvers every year and they all comment on what a great atmosphere the event has and what a brilliant community spirit there is here in Carr-Bridge. We'd like to congratulate Wladek on his win today, it was very well deserved, and we look forward to welcoming everyone back again next year."
A full list of competitors and more information can be found on the Carve Carr-Bridge website: www.carvecarrbridge.com

2014 Results Press Release

COWBOY WINS CARVE CARRBRIDGE TITLE
 
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CARVE CARRBRIDGE CHAINSAW EVENT RESULTS
 
Moffat-based chainsaw carver Pete Bowsher has scooped the coveted Claymore Trophy for the second year in a row with his cowboy carving “I Told You To Draw”.  Pete fought off some seriously stiff competition at the annual Scottish Open Chainsaw Carving Championships – also known as Carve Carrbridge – today (Saturday 30th August).
 
Armed with more chainsaws than you could shake a stick, 23 carvers sculpted their way through more than 40 logs weighing over a tonne and a half with the aim of being crowned champion of the chainsaw carvers but it was Pete’s carve depicting a wild west cowboy ready for a quick draw that found favour with the judges.  
 
Speaking about his win Pete said: “It doesn’t get any easier with Carve Carrbridge being such a popular event now and attracting top carvers from all over world so I am delighted to have won today, which is actually my seventh win here. Although I have been carving for 30 years, it’s just something I do at weekends, so all the time I am needing to get faster and more detailed to stay on top.
 
“Carve Carrbridge is easily the best organised event that I attend and we make so many friends every time we come. I’m looking forward to coming back next year and hopefully another win.”
 
Despite the morning’s heavy showers, around 2,500 spectators turned out to cheer on the international line-up of carvers. As well as carvers from close to home such as the village’s Alice Buttress – one of three women on the field – other entrants travelled from England, Wales, Ireland, Germany, the USA and Canada.
 
Event organiser Gavin Gerrard said: “This is the 12th year for Carve Carrbridge and I am always amazed at how every year the judges have a tougher and tougher job on their hands. The level of carving that we see is outstanding.  I’d like to congratulate Pete on his win 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:
 
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1st – Pete Bowsher, Moffat
2nd – Iain Chalmers, North Kessock
3rd – Tim Burgess, Cheshire
 
Winner of the Peoples Choice – Iain Chalmers
 
Best New Entrant – Jason Stoner USA
 
Carvers Choice Award  - Tim Klock, USA
 
A full list of competitors and more information can be found on the Carve Carrbridge website: www.carvecarrbridge.com
 
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Notes to newsdesks:
 
1 High-res images from today’s Carve Carrbridge can be downloaded from here: Please credit James Ross.
 
 
 
 
2. The event is organised by a team of volunteers with the help of the sponsors and many local businesses. Funds raised are donated to the local community. Previously funds have been used for many causes including cutting equipment for the Retained Fire Service, Riverside Walk, Youth Pod and repairs to the Village Hall.

3. Carrbridge, famous for its 1717 pack horse bridge – is a lively community and boasts a second international event in October, The Golden Spurtle World Porridge Making Championships www.goldenspurtle.com as well as many arts events throughout the year
 
For more information contact: Gavin Gerrard on mob 0777 1914598 
 

2013 Results Press Release

Date: 31 August 2013

 

PETER BOWSHER CARVES UP THE COMPETITION AT CARRBRIDGE

CARVE CARRBRIDGE CHAINSAW EVENT RESULTS

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Armed with more chainsaws than you could shake a stick at, the carvers sculpted their way through more than 40 logs weighing over a tonne and a half with the aim of being crowned champion of the chainsaw carvers at Carve Carrbridge.


The judges finally agreed to award the title and coveted Claymore Trophy to Peter’s carving – ‘Blast from the Past’ – and bringing the Black Isles Iain Chalmers’ three year winning streak to an end. However, Iain managed 2nd place with his carve ‘ Catch of the Day’, with Tim Burgess from Cheshire coming in 3rd with ‘Eagle on the Rocks’.


The event attracted around 3,000 spectators and with a new layout this year, the viewing capacity was doubled ensuring as many people as possible could watch an amazing line-up of international carvers from as far afield as the USA, Canada, Aland Islands and Ireland as well as some artistic talent from closer to home, including Carrbridge’s very own Alice Buttress – the only woman left on the field after Welsh carver Nansi Hemming had to pull out at short notice.


And spectators were certainly not left disappointed with 2013 proving to be a real showstopper with some of the best carves created in the competition’s 11 year history.


As well as the carving competition, event goers were also treated to an exciting display from The Clan Cycle Stunt Team with their daredevil antics, the Badenoch & Strathspey Pipe Band, as well as many stalls, sideshows and other wood-related activities.


Event organiser Gavin Gerrard said: “We are absolutely delighted with how the competition went this year and would like to congratulate Peter on his win. It’s very well deserved indeed. We would also like to say a massive thank you to all our supporters, volunteers and our fantastic judges who had a really tough job deciding on a winner, the quality of the carving was so good this year – the best I’ve seen. We’re looking forward to next year already.”


The final results for all categories are:

1.      Peter Bowsher – Blast from the Past

2.      Iain Chalmers – Catch of the Day

3.      Tim Burgess – Eagle on the Rocks


Winner of the Peoples Choice – Peter Bowsher


Best New Entrant – Mal McEwen


The judges for the 2013 Carve Carrbridge were: Brian MacDonald from Spey Valley Hire (Head Judge); John Dean from John Gordon & Son; Grant Moir, Chief Executive of the Cairngorms National Park Authority; Aviemore-based artist Ann Vastano; Matt O’Brien from Highland Forestry and Sandis Mitas of Wild Furniture.


A full list of competitors and more information can be found on the Carve Carrbridge website: www.carvecarrbridge.com. Next year’s Carve Carrbridge will take place on 30th August 2014.


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Notes to newsdesks:

1.     For photographs from the 2013 Carve Carrbridge please call Fergus Thom on mob: 07507 942982 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Alternatively, soon after the results are announced photos of the event and the winners with their carvings will be added, to the ‘Media Resources’ page - www.carvecarrbridge.com


2.      The event is organised by a team of volunteers with the help of the sponsors and many local businesses. Funds raised are donated to the local community. Previously funds have been used for many causes including cutting equipment for the Retained Fire Service, Riverside Walk, Youth Pod and repairs to the Village Hall.


3.      Carrbridge, famous for its 1717 pack horse bridge – is a lively community and boasts a second international event in October, The Golden Spurtle World Porridge Making Championships www.goldenspurtle.com as well as many arts events throughout the year


For more information contact: Gavin Gerrard on mob 0777 1914598

2012 Results News Release

Carve Carrbridge won with 'Early Morning Alarm Call'

Champion chainsaw carver Iain Chalmers cut a dash at Carrbridge on Saturday when he won the annual Carve Carrbridge competition for the third year in a row.

Twenty-three carvers sculpted their way through logs weighing over a tonne and a half with the aim of snatching this year’s title from the reigning champ.

Iain’s carving, entitled `Early Morning Alarm Call,` featured a wily fox attempting to snare an unsuspecting chicken. Looking from over a fence is a pig and a cockerel.

Commenting on his work, Iain said: "I had an order to create a fox and a hen and I was impressed with the finished product. But I wanted to add more to create a scene, hence the inclusion of a pig and cockerel."

"The hen is saved, though, when the pig falls through the fence and squashes the fox" he quipped.

Iain’s creation was auctioned for a record price of £1,300, the finishing touch to the day as it was also his son Ewan’s 12th birthday.

This year’s event attracted over 2,500 spectators who, as well as watching the carvers, were able to browse the many stalls and stands.

Commenting on the organisation of the day, Iain said: "This event is like a well-oiled machine. The weather was great - but then it never rains in Carrbridge."

1st Iain Chalmers - Scotland - Early Morning Alarm Call
2nd Flavio Favaro - Italy - Ancient Column
3rd Jonny Stableford - Scotland - Barely Able
Best New Entrant John Brady - Australia - This is Not a Gumtree
People's Choice - Iain Chalmers - Scotland

Further details can be found on the event website: www.carvecarrbridge.com

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Day of Events

Carve Carrbridge includes a highly popular day of family activates in the village playing fields. The event included woodland crafts, The Badenoch and Strathspey Pipe Band, craft and food stalls, refreshments, a beer tent as well and numerous side shows and family activities. Highland Council's Countryside Rangers will be attending this year and will be launching their new self-led woodland trail about the wonders of wood ants, their lives, habits and peculiar traits! Vintage buses run a shuttle service between the event and the parking sites. Full details can be found on the event website:www.carvecarrbridge.com

Community Benefits

The event was organised by a team of volunteers with the help of the sponsors and many local businesses. Funds raised are donated to the local community. Previously funds have been used for many causes including cutting equipment for the Retained Fire Service and repairs to the Village Hall.

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About Carrbridge

Carrbridge - famous for its 1717 pack horse bridge - is a lively community and boasts a second international event in October, The Golden Spurtle World Porridge Making Championships www.goldenspurtle.com as well as many arts events throughout the year. For more info on Carrbridge see www.carrbridge.com.

2013 Event

The date for 2013 is Saturday 31st of August 2013.

2012 Winner Contact Info

Iain Chalmers the 2012 winner can be contacted on 0786 271 7829

Web: www.chainsawcreations.co.uk

Media Resources:

Event results, Photos & Media Contact

See ‘Media Photos’ section of our website for free to use high resolution images. Soon after the results are announced photos of the event and winners with their winning carvings will be added, as will a post event press release on the ‘Media Resources’ page.

Media contact: Gavin Gerrard, Event Organiser. Mobile 0777 191 4598, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Roy Brown, Mobile 0771 424 4142, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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