PETER BOWSHER CARVES UP THE COMPETITION AT CARRBRIDGE
Saturday 31 August, 2013
Chainsaw 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.
Photograph - James Ross
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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- Axe throwing
- Green wood working
- Beat the goalie
- Back country survival
- Woodland orchestra
- Fun fair
- Crockery smash
- Face painting
- Splat the Rat
- Rat Race
- Bike Park Come n Try
- Pipe band.
1. Iain Chalmers - Scotland
2. Hamish Maxwell - Scotland
3. Tim Burgess - England
4. Alice Buttress - Scotland
5. Tim Klock - USA
6. Gary Shand - Scotland
7. Andy MacLauchlan - Scotland
8. Thor - USA
9. Pete Bowsher - Scotland
10. MAL McEwen - USA
11. Adam Murray - Scotland
12. Arvid Morn - Aland Islands
13. Jonny Stableford - Scotland
14. Chris White – Scotland
15. Mick Burns- UK
16. Steve Elsby – England
17. Tom Harris-Ward - Scotland
18. David Roberts - Scotland
19. Uinnsinn Bateman - Ireland
20. Nansi Hemming - Wales
21. Denius Parson - UK
22. Simon Archer - England
23. Craig Steele (Steeley) - Scotland
24. Roni MacDonald - Scotland
Free vintage shuttle buses
Gates Open 10.00am
Piper leads in carvers 10.20am
Chainsaw Competition 1st half 10.30am to 12.30pm
Pipe Band 12.30pm to 12.50pm
The Clan Stunt Team 12.55pm to 1.15pm
Chainsaw Competition 2nd half 1.30pm to 3.30pm
Carving Competition Ends 3.30pm
Pipe Band 3.30pm to 3.45pm
Judging of Carvings 3.30pm to 4.30pm
The Clan Stunt Team 3.35pm to 3.55pm
Quick Carve Event 4.00pm to 4.30pm
Raffle Draw 4.30pm
Prize Giving & Auction 4.40pm – 5.30pm