CLAYMORE TROPHY HEADING FOR POLAND
CARVE CARR-BRIDGE CHAINSAW EVENT RESULTS
Polish chainsaw carver and only second time entrant, Wladek Ligocki has won this year's Carve Carr-Bridge with his carving titled 'Beggar', depicting a hunched old man.
Wladek made his debut at the annual Scottish Open Chainsaw Carving Championships just last year and today (Saturday 3rd September) snatched first place from Scot Pete Bowsher who has won Carve Carr-Bridge the last three years in a row.
As well as the coveted Claymore trophy, Wladek walks away with £500 prize money and a brand new Stihl MS181 chainsaw donated by event sponsors Stihl UK. When his name was announced, all a shocked Wladek could say was "superb, I can't believe it, every carving here is so great." Wladek also won the Carver's Choice title today.
Pete Bowsher from Moffat was still on the winner's podium however, winning the People's Choice, and taking second place overall. Third was Michael Tamoszus from Germany and the Best New Entrant this year was won by Jonathan Sherwood from Harrogate in Yorkshire.
More than 3,000 people turned out to cheer on the international line-up of carvers including local lady Alice Buttress, past winner Iain Chalmers from the Black Isle and new entrant for 2016 Sue O' Sullivan from the USA.
Event organiser Gavin Gerrard said: "Carve Carr-Bridge just keeps getting better and we couldn't do it without the support of all our sponsors including Stihl UK, Spey Valley Hire and many others. The volunteers who help set up, work here on the day and take everything down again, are invaluable. We welcome around 23 carvers every year and they all comment on what a great atmosphere the event has and what a brilliant community spirit there is here in Carr-Bridge. We'd like to congratulate Wladek on his win today, it was very well deserved, and we look forward to welcoming everyone back again next year."
A full list of competitors and more information can be found on the Carve Carr-Bridge website: www.carvecarrbridge.com
Free vintage shuttle buses
- Gates open to the public 10.00am
- Carvers gather at assembly point in car park 10.20am
- Graham Allsop gives welcome intro speech 10.20am
- Piper leads in parade of carvers 10.25am
- Chainsaw Competition – first phase – 10.30am to 12.30pm
- Pipe Band - 12.30pm to 12.50pm
- Carver Introductions by Graham - 1.15pm to 1.30pm
- Chainsaw Competition – second phase – 1.30pm to 3.30pm
- Carving Competition Ends – 3.30pm
- Pipe Band 3.35pm to 3.50pm
- Judging of Carvings – 3.30pm to 4.30pm
- Last Raffle Ticket Sales & Raffle Draw 3.40pm
- Raffle Winners Announced - 3.50pm to 3.55pm
- Quick Carve Event – 4.00pm to 4.30pm
- Prize Giving 4.30pm to 4.40pm
- Grand Auction 4.40pm onwards
The annual Carve Carrbridge chainsaw carving competition will take place on Saturday 3rd September 2016, on the village sports field.
Top chainsaw carvers both from the UK and around the world, including entries from the USA and Europe will compete for the magnificent Claymore trophy and prize money. A day of family events including live music, activities, games, stalls and food & drink.
After the prize giving you can join or watch our professional auctioneer selling the carvings to the highest bidder.
Note items purchased at the auction must be paid for in cash to the carver. Only some carvers will accept a cheque, so please ask the carver before bidding.
All proceeds of the Quick Carve auction go to the community.
Note, Spey Valley Hire are once again offering free delivery for carvings up to a 50 mile radius. Delivery beyond this by negotiation with Spey Valley Hire.