Chetwynd Chainsaw Carving Championship underway

CHETWYND, B.C. – The Chetwynd International Chainsaw Carving Championship has returned for the first time since 2019.

The event started Thursday and will wrap up on Sunday at the Chetwynd & District Rec Centre.

This year will be the 16th year the championship has taken place, and every year 12 carvers are selected by a board of directors and invited to bring their best.

There are four international, four U.S. and four Canadian carvers, and many bring smaller carvings to sell.

Each carver is given a 40-50 inch diameter by eight-foot-tall western red cedar and 35 hours to complete a sculpture with no theme.

Because of this championship, the Peace region has nearly 200 sculptures, many in Chetwynd itself.

Carving times are on June 9th to 11th from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and June 12th from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

There is a quick carve event at 3:00 p.m. on June 12th, with an auction for those pieces to follow.

From there, it’s handing out the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards and the people’s choice and carver’s choice awards.

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