COWBOY WINS CARVE CARRBRIDGE TITLE
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:
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
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