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
Date: 5 September 2015 PRESS RELEASE
THREE IN A ROW FOR BOWSHER AT CARVE CARRBRIDGE
SCOTTISH OPEN CHAINSAW CARVING CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS
It was three in a row today (Saturday 5th September) at Carve Carr-Bridge with Moffat-based carver Pete Bowsher picking up the coveted Claymore Trophy again this year. It means he’s now won the title eight years out of the 13 years that the popular event has been running.
Pete won today’s annual Scottish Open Chainsaw Carving Championships with an intricate carving of two eagles fighting over a fish but it was Iain Chalmers from the Black Isle again who stole the hearts of the public in the ‘Peoples Choice’ award with his stunning fantasy wildlife house titled, ‘There’s No Place Like Home’.
Speaking about his win, Pete said: “I’m delighted to win again but I think the others are getting a bid fed up with me! But I’ll keep coming back, it’s such a fantastic event – I couldn’t miss it – it’s a really well organised competition and we’re always made to feel so welcome here in Carr-Bridge.”
Pete’s carving depicted a dramatic mid-air battle between two eagles.
“You’re preparing for the competition months ahead and competitors always do something they’ve done before because the time constaints mean you have to – you couldn’t pitch up and do something you hadn’t tried before. The first time I did this carve it took me 4 days, today I only had 4 hours! There is serious pressure on everyone.”
And the judges this year found themselves under severe pressure saying that it was the toughest competition they’d judged. Chief Judge and Chief Executive of the Cairngorms National Park Authority, Grant Moir said: “I’ve been judging at Carve Carr-Bridge for the last three years and this was definitely the hardest day – the standard was extremely high.”
With three ladies on the field this year – local lady Alice Buttress, Welsh competitor Nanci Hemming and new entrant Griffon Ramsay from the USA – some wondered if a women could snatch the title this year. There hasn’t been a female winner at Carve Carr-Bridge in some nine years but alas it was not to be this time.
However the carvers certainly didn’t disappoint the 3,000 plus spectators that gathered to cheer on the international line-up from plenty of home grown talent to carvers from as far afield as the USA, Canada and Poland. As well as the winner of ‘Best New Entrant’ and ‘Carvers Choicer’ awards Minoslav Trnovsky from Slovakia.
Pete Bowsher receives first prize of a new chainsaw from sponsor Stihl.
Event organiser Gavin Gerrard said: “This is the 13th year for Carve Carr-Bridge and it just gets better and better every year. No-one could have predicted who would win this year, the standard of carving across the competition was that good. I am always amazed at how every year the judges have a tougher and tougher job on their hands. I’d like to congratulate Pete, Iain, Tom, Garry and Minoslav on their success 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, Scotland
2nd – Tom Harris Ward, Scotland
3rd – Garry Shand, Scotland
Winner of the Peoples Choice – Iain Chalmers, Scotland
Best New Entrant – Minoslav Trnovsky, Slovakia
Carvers Choice Award - Minoslav Trnovsky, Slovakia
A full list of competitors and more information can be found on the Carve Carr-Bridge website: www.carvecarrbridge.com.
For more information contact: Gavin Gerrard on mob 0777 1914598
With three ladies in the running for the title of champion of the chainsaws, could this year’s Carve Carr-Bridge see a Chainsaw Queen as opposed to a Chainsaw King lift the coveted Claymore trophy!
Yes, it’s that (noisy) time of year again when a band of 24 chainsaw wielding artists take on an unassuming eight foot long log each with the intention of turning it into something beautiful in just 4 hours.
Carve Carr-Bridge, which takes place on Saturday 5th September, is now in its 13th year and attracts carvers from all over the world including Canada, the USA and Ireland – and for the first time this year there are entrants from the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland as well as plenty of home grown talent.
Pete Bowsher from Moffat in Dumfriesshire is back this year to defend his title. He has won half a dozen times, including the last two years but it could be the turn of the ladies in 2015 with local lady Alice Buttress appearing again along with Nansi Hemmings from Wales and new entrant Griffon Ramsay from the USA.
Carve Carr-Bridge is a unique four hour speed carving competition with competitors only allowed to use chainsaws and no other form of cutting tools. Those who’ve experienced Carve Carr-Bridge in the past reckon it’s the toughest competition of all on the world carving circuit. With the four hour carve followed by a 30 minute quick carve competition, which produces spectacular results in such a short space of time.
The event attracts around 3,000 spectators to the popular holiday village in the Cairngorms National Park, with many of those staying to the very end to bid for one of these unique creations in the auction.
Carve Carr-Bridge opens to the public at 10am with carving getting underway at 10.30am. As well as the carving competition there is a whole host of other attractions for spectators to enjoy including music from the Strathspey Pipe Band. Once again there will be free shuttle buses from Landmark and Station Road car parks.
All profits from Carve Carr-Bridge are donated to local charities and invested in community projects. For more information visit the Carve Carr-Bridge website: http://www.carvecarrbridge.com/
Note to newsdesks:
1. Photographs and interviews can be arranged ahead of the Carve Carr-Bridge event. Please contact Gavin Gerrard on the number below.
2. A press release and photographs will be available after the event.
3. The final line-up for the 2015 Carve Carrbridge is as follows:
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. Bruce Thorsteinson – USA
8. Craig Steele – Scotland
9. Pete Bowsher – Scotland
10. Griffon Ramsay – USA
11. Igor Kucera – Czech Republic
12. Josh Dagg – Canada
13. Johnny Stableford – Scotland
14. Lee Bannon – England
15. Mick Burns – Scotland
16. Uinnsinn (Vincent) Bateman – Ireland
17. Tom Harris-Ward – Scotland
18. Miroslav Trnovsky – Slovakia
19. David Roberts - Wales
20. Roni MacDonald - Scotland
21. Nansi Hemming - Wales
22. Simon Archer - England
23. Peter Verlaan – Holland
24. Wladek Ligocki – Poland
For more information contact: Gavin Gerrard on mob: 0777 1914598
Date: 31 August 2013
PETER BOWSHER CARVES UP THE COMPETITION AT CARRBRIDGE
CARVE CARRBRIDGE CHAINSAW EVENT RESULTS
Click Here to download full resolution photograph of Pete Browsher with winning carving (free for media use)
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.
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.
Notes to newsdesks:
Alternatively, soon after the results are announced photos of the event and the winners with their carvings will be added, to the ‘Media Resources’ page - www.carvecarrbridge.com
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