Sharp skills: Watch chainsaw carvers in action at Shippensburg festival | Free Announcements
Local and national artists will light their chainsaws and show the Shippensburg region what they’re made of next month during a new festival on the exhibition grounds.
Mark your calendars for April 15-17 as the first Chainsaw Carvers Festival in Central PA attracts carvers and artists from around the country who are overjoyed to spend their time showing off incredible talent and entertainment to the community .
Hosted by the Greater Shippensburg Chamber of Commerce, the Chainsaw Carvers Festival features the best of professional chainsaw carvers from all over the US with carvings for sale, a carving competition, ax throwing, sculpture auction, food trucks, activities and much more. More than 60 carvers are registered for the event.
The festival takes place on Thursday, April 15th from 4pm to 8pm. and Friday, April 16, and Saturday, April 17, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Shippensburg exhibition center in Possum Hollow Road 10131.
The auction for masterpieces by professional carver artists will take place on Saturday 17th April at 3pm.
Entry is $ 5 per person per day or $ 12 for a full event pass if pre-purchased. A family event pass is $ 40. Children up to 6 years have free entry. The ticket price increases the day of the event.
Shippensburg Area Chamber of Commerce office manager Wendy Forrester stated that the chamber is excited to be a part of this new event.
“The Chamber of Commerce is excited to host this new exciting event and bring it to the Shippensburg community,” she said. “The idea for the Chamber to develop this event came from our Chamber President Scott Brown as something new and different for our community to enjoy. There are ice carving events in other cities and we wanted to go in a slightly different direction and have an event of this type. “
“A volunteer events committee has been formed that includes chamber staff and representatives from our board of directors,” added Forrester. “Planning began last year and the committee used contacts from other areas in Pennsylvania who were successful with an event like this one.”
“A lot of sponsorship opportunities have been advertised and Volvo Construction Equipment and REMAX / Prestige have partnered with the chamber to be our co-arena sponsors (or main sponsors),” she noted. “We are very grateful for your support as well as for the support of other members of the chamber who work with us in sponsorships. These members include: Truck Mart, LLC / Car Starz, Parsons Interstate Ford, and Brenize Outdoor Design & Maintenance. We continue to accept sponsorships for this event and anyone who might be interested can contact the Chamber Office at: (717) 532-5509 or by email at: [email protected] “
“The event will be attended by more than 60 professional chainsaw carvers from many areas outside of Pennsylvania,” said Forrester. “On Saturday there will be speed carving and a master auction. Artisanal retailers, food trucks and Ax Slingers from Chambersburg will also attend the event. Tickets are now available from EventBrite and personal ticket purchases will soon be available in the chamber office. As soon as this option is completed, we will post this announcement on our social media. “
Some artists have shared their experiences with chainsaw carving and how it was really an important part of their lives.
Danny Kissel from Newville and the Food Network celebrity Outrageous Pumpkins and Halloween Wars shared how he got started with the art of carving.
“I’ll be traveling all the way from Newville and I graduated from Shippensburg,” he said. “The festival will be a good time with good friends. To be honest, my chainsaw carver friends asked me if I heard about the event and would leave, but at the time I had no idea there was an event at all. Originally it was supposed to be last November and I was too busy carving pumpkins to think about signing up. In the case of COVID problems, it has been postponed to spring so that I can participate. I’ve been carving since 2012, where I made my first sculpture as a Christmas present for my parents. It was also one of the first times I touched a chainsaw. At the time, there were a couple of chainsaw TV shows that I had recorded and studied along with some YouTube videos. As with any art form, the more you work on it, the better you get. I still have a lot to learn, but I’ll enjoy the ride along the way. You’ll find me with a smile on my face, a chainsaw in my hand, and music on my headphones. I like to keep my chainsaw skills sharp, so I carve ice all winter and switch to pumpkins in the fall! “
Sarah Henderson explained her journey into wood burning and pyrography.
“I am honored to be part of this event,” she said. “This is my first biggest event or show. I don’t chain sculptures, but I do pyrography or wood burning. I’ve been burning wood since high school. I give a lot of credit to Jesse Hyde, my high school art teacher, who always taught me to constantly challenge myself. I do all kinds of artwork, but I got bored of just drawing and painting as this is very common. I wanted to do something that not many do, so in 2010 I gave a lot of my work as a gift. I wasn’t very serious about it until a friend of mine who does craft shows in the area invited me to a farmers market, so I started there and … just kept going. I live in Owego, New York. Check out my Instagram, Facebook group, and page: Hart of Sarah. “
Josh Miller described how he came across the passion he had for chainsaw carving.
“I had to cut a tree in my front yard about six years ago,” he said. “I bought the cheapest electric chainsaw I could find and figured I’d use it and get rid of it. I played around with the tree stump and thought it was funny. It was a hobby to hold a few trade shows and small events until last year. I was fired from my job because of the pandemic and decided to work with it full time. Over the past year I’ve grown as a carver so much that I’ve learned from some people who have been doing this for a while. I’ve been working on some pretty amazing projects with a few bluffers. I’m just grateful that I can create something every day. I’m really looking forward to coming to the Shippensburger event and I’m just going to try to soak up all the talent that will be there. “
Jennifer Black is grateful to be a member of the chainsaw carving community.
“I’m looking forward to competing again,” she said. “I’ve hired six this year, along with several shows and festivals that have invited me across New York and Pennsylvania. I’ve been a chainsaw carver for nine years and dedicate my life to art. I love to create and to consider it a privilege to be an artist who doesn’t go hungry. I am constantly humiliated by customers who put their hard earned money into purchasing one of my creations. The chainsaw carving community really is a big family. Each competition is like a family reunion at home. I will be traveling from Dundee, New York in the Finger Lakes area. “
Chris Lantz explained how his life led him to start chainsaw carving and the importance of the upcoming Chainsaw Carvers Festival.
“In 1989, a year before I was born, my father and uncles were partying and using drugs and they started going to church in Melbourne, Florida,” he said. “They met a man named Ted Traverse there and Ted told them he felt God was leading him to teach them chainsaw carving. So he taught them and I watched for 19 years. Then on December 5, 2009, I left my house with a garbage bag full of clothes, a $ 20 bill, and a pack of cigarettes. I moved to an abandoned flea market in Columbus, Georgia and slept there for a week and a half before I got my hands on a chainsaw. Two weeks later I sold a bear for $ 125 and since then I quit cigarette smoking and gave my life to Jesus. I have been carving full time for 11 years and have been participating for about 8 years. I have won over 30 different awards in competitions in the US and one in England. I am honored to be part of a first-time event. The carvers have the feeling that Shippensburg could become the new “Ridgway Rendezvous”. This event was a staple for carvers for many years and it no longer happens. This event has the potential to bridge that gap between the chainsaw carving community and the public’s needs for entertainment and artwork. I hope I can do my part to make this one of the greatest carving shows in the world. I’m really looking forward to giving my all in terms of performance. My goal is to rise and stand out, also in a field of 60 other artists. “
The sponsors include:
Chamber of Commerce of the Shippensburg area
Volvo CE – Arena Sponsor
ReMax / Prestige – Arena sponsor
Truck Mart, LLC / Auto Starz – Grocery Sponsor
Parsons Interstate Ford
Brenize Outdoor Design & Maintenance
The current supplier list contains:
– Redemption BBQ: https://redemptionbarbeque.com/menu/
– The Wheelhouse Cafe: https://cafewheelhouse.com/
– Shuman’s concessions: https://shumansconcessions.com/
– Central PA Wireless Boost Mobile: https://www.cpawireless.com/
– Baum’s Log Furniture: http://www.baumslogfurniture.com/
– Melissa Ball Feather Painting: http://www.turkeytails.com/
– Caribou Creek knife: http://caribou-creek-knives.com/
– Ox dynasty hickory syrup
– Hard of Sarah
– Dan Christ Gallery: https://danchristgallery.com/
– Hiking with Hykes: (sale of carved walking sticks)
– Authentedge LLC: https://authentedge.com/
For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/Central-PA-Chainsaw-Carvers-Festival-111579654305911/?ref=page_internal or E-Mail: [email protected].