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2013 Results Press Release

Date: 31 August 2013




Click Here to download full resolution photograph of Pete Browsher with winning carving (free for media use)


Pete Browsher SmallChainsaw carver Peter Bowsher from Moffat carved his way to the top at Carrbridge on Saturday when he won the annual Scottish Open Chainsaw Carving Championships beating off stiff competition from 22 other competitors.

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.


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

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