From June 9-12, chainsaw carving competitors from around the world gathered in Chetwynd, B.C. for the Chetwynd International Chainsaw Carving Championship Competition, producing masterpieces with power tools, raw wood and sheer talent and creativity! Black Diamond proudly sponsored carver Kevin Lewis from Canada, who impressed judges and spectators with his beautiful carving.
Chetwynd, a town in northeastern British Columbia hosted the 16th-Annual International Chainsaw Carving Championship, which brought 12 professional carvers from as far as Lithuania, Japan, Netherlands, Australia and the United States. The COVID-19 pandemic drove the town to cancel its 2020 and 2021 events; the highly anticipated 2022 event did not disappoint!
Using a chainsaw and tools, the carvers had 35 hours over the course of three days to transform an 8-foot red cedar log into a masterpiece of their greatest imagination.
Black Diamond's sponsored carver Kevin Lewis brought us back to medieval times with a fascinating carving of a dragon. The chiseled details, emphasized by strategic torch burns brought the carving to life!
First place went to Abby Peterson from Kentucky, with her life-like carving of an elk in action. Second place was awarded to Ryan Villiers from Edmonton and his impressive sculpture of a surfer catching a wave. Finally, third place went to Takao Hayashi of Japan, with his carving of a collection of primates flashing peace signs, a child perched on the centre gorilla’s shoulders. There was no shortage of creativity on display this year, and we are proud to have supported the very talented Kevin Lewis in this competition!
All 12 pieces remain in Chetwynd and are placed on Carvers Row. There are now over 200 carvings – ranging from animals to celebrities and movie characters – located throughout the town thanks to the event.