Chainsaw sculpture contest set to carve up the Peninsula

Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Uncle Scotty wants you for his first Chainsaw Carving Contest

  Scott Hanson and his fellow carvers challenge you to enter the 1st chain saw contest.


Scott Hanson and his fellow carvers challenge you to enter the 1st chain saw contest.

Scott Hanson and his Town of Living Trees in Sterling has gained international acclaim and popularity among artists, visitors and local residents who have purchased Hanson’s chain saw sculptures to adorn their homes and places of business throughout Alaska. Several years ago Scott helped the Soldotna Rotary Club start the ice carving competition that has become a signature event for the Peninsula Winter Games. Now Hanson has organized the First Chain Saw Carving contest for the Central Peninsula to be held in Sterling at his Town of Living Trees, “It’s going to be an annual event for the third week in July and I’m inviting carvers around the Peninsula and throughout Alaska to participate in the three day event, then on Sunday all the carvings will be auctioned off,” said Hanson. Through the years Hanson has not only been a prolific carver, but has produced many carvers as well who he expects will be his toughest competition, “They’ll all be looking at beating their teacher and I’ve taught them everything I know, so the competition should be pretty steep and you’ll be seeing some amazing creations,” added Hanson.

According to Hanson chainsaw carving has grown in popularity since he picked up his first chainsaw and started carving, “Even though there are more and more carvers, we can hardly make enough to keep up with the demand from the tourists,” said Hanson. Chainsaw carving competitions are also drawing huge crowds and Hanson says the competition he entered in West Port had over 60,000 spectators with over 80 carvers participating. Hanson’s first contest in Sterling promises to be a fun family event with rides available on the hand carved Great Alaskan Carousel, a huge sawdust pile for the kids to play in and plenty of the best southern barbeque in the North.

“The contest will be run like the Iditarod where the professionals compete with amateur carvers in one group and the best carving wins. We hope to raise enough money through sponsorships to have cash prizes for the carvers,” said Hanson. The event will also be open to vendors wishing to rent a space for all four days July 19th-22nd. The Town of Living Trees is located across from the Peninsula Harley Davidson Shop where you see the giant ice cream cone on the Sterling Highway. To register as a carver, sponsor, or vendor, contact Scott or Sandy at 394-3821 or 394-3821.

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