Chainsaw artists begin working on final sculptures

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)- Wood chips continue to fly at the U.S. Open Chainsaw Championship at Carson Park.

Right now, you can see the finished products from carvers work on pieces from Thursday and Friday which are wildlife themed. But Saturday, competitors began working on a new sculpture which will be judged Sunday. Saturday’s sculptures, artists are able to do anything they want and are encouraged to express their creativity.

“It’s a national event, it’s the U.S. Open,” said Larry Doyle, the event chairperson. “Carvers come from all over. We have a carver from Australia, two from Japan, Germany, Brazil; these people are all coming to compete, so it is a big deal. It’s great we're able to host it in Chippewa Valley and draw nice attendance here.”

A quick carving competition begins at 6:15 Saturday and an auction for smaller items will also be held.
Sunday is the final day of competition, and an auction will be held for all of the final pieces.

Overall, organizers are expecting a total of 15-20,000 people at this year’s event.

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