Where: On the village sports field, Carrbridge, Inverness-shire, Scotland
£: Admission costs £5 for adults, £2 for under 16s and under 5s go free
What is it?
On Saturday 5th September 2015 the 13th annual Carve Carrbridge will take place. Carve Carrbridge is the Scottish Open Chainsaw Competition, and the event attracts the best chainsaw carvers from both the UK and further afield.
A band of 24 chainsaw wielding artists will take on an unassuming eight foot long log each, with the intention of turning it into something beautiful in just four hours. Carve Carrbridge is a unique four hour speed carving competition, where competitors are only allowed to use chainsaws and no other form of cutting tool. This is followed by a 30 minute quick carve competition, which produces spectacular results in such a short space of time.
This year Pete Bowsher from Moffat in Dumfriesshire will be back to defend his title. Bowsher has won half a dozen times, including the last two years, but it could be the turn of the ladies in 2015. Local lady Alice Buttress will be appearing at the competition, along with Nansi Hemmings from Wales and new entrant Griffon Ramsay from the USA.
The day kicks off with a piper leading in the carvers at 10.25am. The chainsaw competition then begins at 10.30am. There will be pipe band performances throughout the day and the competition prize giving takes place at 4.30pm. After the contest the wood carvings will be auctioned off, with proceeds going to the community.
In addition to the chainsaw carving there will be wood turning, a beat the goalie contest, a woodland orchestra, a fun fair, a crockery smash, face painting, and axe throwing!
There will be free shuttle buses from Landmark and Station Road car parks. All profits from the event will be donated to local charities and invested in community projects.
More info: www.carvecarrbridge.com