The following 24 Carvers were successfully drawn from 32 entrants.
This list may be subject to change, should Carvers circumstances change in the interim.
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Based in Liverpool, Simon has a formal background in Fine Art and sculpture and now works exclusively as a wood sculptor/chainsaw artist, creating unique artworks from dead or fallen trees.
Adrian is based in Villa Elisa, near Buneos Aires and has been carving wood for 10 years; In 2017 he travelled to Sweden to work as part of the 26 person team carving the annual ice hotel there.
The Grand Daddy of the competition, legend in his own lifetime and fully signed up member of the ‘Over 50’s’ club. In carving terms Pete is the original ‘Weekend Warrior’. Winner in 7 out of 13 years, but had to hand the title to top US carver Bob King in 2009 and then watched countryman Iain Chalmers secure it three years in a row before he was able to seize the No.1 slot from him in 2013. Polish carver Wladek Ligocki took the coveted title in 2016, in 2017 Lithuanian newcomer Raimondas Uzdravis took the crown. Pete won 2nd place in 2018.
Mike has followed in a family tradition of wood carving. Tim and Andy Burgess are regular competitors at the Scottish Open. Mike works with locally sourced trees and logs from tree surgeons. He is a regular exhibitor at shows and demonstrations and has clients across the UK, including some famous names.
Based on the Black Isle in the Scottish Highlands, Iain has been sculpting wood with a chainsaw for over 8 years with literally thousands of chainsaw carvings under his belt. Iain performs at shows, games and exibitions such as the Royal Highland Show, Arbroath Seafest and The Black Isle Show. Iain has competed at the Scottish Open Chainsaw Carving Championship™ aka CarveCarrbridge™ for 14 years having won the Tom Jones Claymore 5 times consecutively and Peoples Choice many times.
Josh hails from Aylmer, near Ottowa in Canada. Aged 19 he started a career as a professional log house builder, but also found the world of wood carving and with the encouragement of his parents made a life built around both. 20 years on he is still mixing building homes with creating art. This is his 5th visit to Carve Carrbridge.
A Glasgow-based Wood Sculptor working with sustainably sourced timber. James specialises in wildlife sculptures and rustic furniture.
A Freeform Carver, Damon aka the ‘Barefootcarver’ will be making his 2nd appearance at CarveCarrbridge in 2019
Starting with stone carving and painting, since 17 years with the chainsaw on the way to create art. Successful participation in national and international chainsaw events and exhibitions. 2016/17 and 2018 successful participation in the German championship in speedcarving.
Participation in social projects. Even workshops with the severely disabled and implementation / organization / management of the NordheideCup 2017 (chainsaw event) are part of the area of responsibility.
The different sculptures, whether abstract or figural.
A newcomer in 2018 to CarveCarrbridge, Martin got 3rd Place and Best New Entrant. Martin hails from Horehronie in Slovakia and has been carving for some 11 years now. Back in 2007 Martin was a permanent member of an opera choir, but found that working with wood excited him so much that he turned his back on music to become a woodcarver. He says that he is inspired by the beauty of women, of nature and the ideal of belonging. With every piece of wood, he tries to create an intimate relationship, to touch it, observe it, draw from it the energy that transforms into a work that produces positive emotions in man.
Igor was our first entrant from the Czech Republic back in 2015 and is back again for more speed carving fun. He is ‘on tour’ with fellow carver Wladek from Poland.
Overall winner in 2016, Wladek is once again on tour with fellow carver Igor and back at Carvecarrbridge for more chainsaw fun…..
Based in Oban Roni has been a regular competitor since the beginning of the event. He remains hopeful of secure a place on the podium, but claims his downfall as being too easily led astray in the Cairn Hotel bar by his fellow competitors!
Based in Glasgow, in l 2010 Hamish bought a cheap chainsaw and brought home a small log from the local woodland, to try and carve a small owl for the garden. Within an hour of finishing the owl and before the varnish on it had even dried, someone wanted to buy it. This was the start of his carving career.
7th year in the competition, David is a full time wood sculptor from Portlethen near Aberdeen. He trades as Dervish Carvings. By his own admission he is a scientist, diver, climber and a chainsaw-carver.
I am a UK based Chainsaw Sculptor from East Sussex. I have been chainsaw carving since 2011, Full time 2 years. I carve at many of the living heritage shows across the country, as well as Woodfest country show (North Wales)
I thrive on the pressure from the speed carves throughout these events and I enjoy the competitive elements of live events. Throughout the shows last year I have become recognised for my unique figures which adopt an abstract finish to encourage the audience to engage and connect with the overall composition, and to bring their own experiences and perspective in response to the sculpture. My sculptures are a playful exploration of motion and movement in the human form through the deliberate and skilled use of positive and negative space.
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Sculptor Gallego (Spain), trained in the school of applied arts Master Mateo of Santiago de Compostela twenty years ago. I have been working with chainsaws for 4 years now and I have already attended several international events and competitions. I am also the official sculptor of Husqvarna for Spain and Portugal. In these years I have made several sculptures for different cities of my country and abroad, in addition to countless demonstrations throughout the country.
– Participation in X Ax Festival in Tomsk (Russia) in 2017.
– Participation in the III International Sculpture Symposium of Temuco (Chile) in 2018.
– Paricipation in the second Open of Igualada (Cataluña) in 2018.
– Participation in the Open of England 2018.
– Participation in the European Chainsaw Carving Championship in UK in 2018.
– Participation in the Autumn Chainsaw Carving Steel Beavers in Kaunas in 2018.
Garry entered the event for the first time in 2009. Garry is from Huntly in Aberdeenshire and typically carves animal forms, is inspired by creatures from mythology and fantasy, and also creates stunning furniture and signs.
Jonathan has been carving for over 10 years and making ‘things’ for much longer. He is driven to keep improving by peoples appreciation of his work..
‘Jonny Chainsaw’ as he’s known comes from Lintlithgow near Edinburgh. He is a full time arborist and is entering the event for the 10th time. Well known for wearing the most decorative sporran at the ceilidh!
AKA ‘Steeley’ this is his 7th year at the event. Craig came along for a number of years to watch the event before picking up his saws to show us what he’s made of.
2018 winner with ‘Girl in the Wind’ ,Michael comes from Herrenberg on the edge of the Black Forest in Germany and is entering the event for the 7th time. Michael won best new entrant in 2009.
The 3rd year for Garry at this event. AKA Wildboar Carvings, Garry is from Swansea and is a prolific chainsaw artist providing hand carvings and more.
Attending the event for a 4th year, Ian comes from North Wales where he grew up on a farm, leading to an early introduction to chainsaws. All his carvings are made from trees which have either fell naturally or need to be felled for woodland management purposes and his aim is to try to ‘make the trees come back to life with all of the beauty of the wood showing through’.
Remaining applicants are held on a waiting list.