2016 Date

Saturday 3rd September 2016

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2015 Entry

Adults: £5.00

Under 16s: £2.00

Under 5: Free

2015 Prizes

1st £500, Stihl MS150 Chainsaw & Claymore trophy.
2nd £350
3rd 200
Best New Entrant £150
People’s Choice £150

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The Competition

The main competition will be held over 4 hours, including a break after 2 hours. In addition a ‘quick carve’ event will be held immediately after the main event, with carvers being asked to prepare a small carving which can then be auctioned for the benefit of the local community. Dependent upon competition entrants the Novice competition may be run again this year. In order to be able to participate novices must be able to meet the entry requirements as outlined below.

Health & Safety

It is important that safe working practices are observed at all times in accordance with UK Health & Safety Law and recognised best practice. The Organisers therefore reserve the right to exclude anyone who they consider to be unsafe or a danger to others.

Entry Requirements

UK carvers will be required to produce a copy of their Certificate of Competence in the maintenance and use of chainsaws; and must have public liability insurance for £5,000,000. All overseas carvers should record their experience in their C.V which should be submitted with their Entry Form.


Free accommodation will be available to Carvers and their families within the village for the Friday and Saturday nights.

Competition Equipment

The competitors will only be allowed to use chainsaws to remove wood and to finish the carving. Specialist carving bars will be allowed. No other power tools or hand tools will be permitted.

The only form of enhancement to the carving allowed is burning. Carvers must provide their own saws. Chainsaw personal protective equipment (PPE) must be worn at all times when using a chainsaw. The PPE will comply with AFAG guide 301 using petrol driven chainsaws. Your set of safety clothing should include Jacket, Trousers, Safety Boots, eye protection, safety gloves and ear defenders. Each carver is to be responsible for the provision of their own safety clothing and PPE. Any working platforms used must be of safe construction and prevent any accidental fall which could result in injury.

Wood Selection

The wood will measure approximately 22 inches (56cm) diameter by 8 feet (244cm) long and it is hoped will be Sitka Spruce. This will be confirmed to entrants prior to the event. Selection will be on a first come first served basis. You may exchange logs with other carvers. It may help to arrive early and have a good look at the available wood and its location.

The Carving

This must be achieved from within your selected log and the off cuts. Once you have your log you may debark your log and draw on it. You may also make one cut only for example to or to cut it to length. You can also have it stood up; however carving must not start until the advertised times. You may carve any design you like, but please remember the sculptures are also viewed by members of the public with children. The organisers therefore reserve the right to remove any sculpture considered offensive.


Six judges will mark each carving out of 10 and the carver with the highest overall score out of a maximum 60 points will be declared the winner. The Chief Judge will have the casting vote in the event of a draw. All pieces will be judged on technical difficulty and artistic merit.

Auction of Pieces

Following the judging and the prize giving the finished works of art will be sold at auction starting with the first placed and then in descending order. All proceeds from the auction will go to the carver. If a carver chooses not to sell his work it can be withdrawn from the auction before the bidding starts. Note your carving must be auctioned as one lot, you may not split your carving into two or more lots. Once the main pieces have been auctioned the ‘quick carve’ sculptures will be auctioned. In this case all proceeds will go to benefit the local community.

2015 Entry Form







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If you are a resident of the UK please include a copy of your current public liability insurance certificate (must be for minimum of £5m cover) with your application.

In addition, if you haven’t competed in the event before please also submit copies of either your certificate of competence or a brief CV of your carving experience.

Send to:

Carol Ritchie
Carr Road
PH23 3AD

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Tel: +44 (0) 7761 796 684

Carve Carrbridge 2016

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. 

Carve Carrbridge

Carve Carrbridge 2013 Results



Saturday 31 August, 2013

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Pete Browsher SmallChainsaw 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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