Sawdust Serenade

chainsaw carving champs descend on Eau Claire

Scott Morfitt

There’s about to be a strong buzz in Eau Claire in August, and we’re not talking about urban bees. The U.S. Open Chainsaw Sculpture Championship will be held Aug. 6-9 at the Paul Bunyan Logging Camp Museum in Carson Park. This unique competition – which raises money for the museum – brings together chainsaw carvers from such far-flung places as Iowa, Pennsylvania, and Japan. These carvers take standard eight-foot logs and turn them into stunning sculptures during the four-day competition. Their work will judged by a professional panel using international chainsaw competition standards. In addition to the main contest there will be quick carving competitions (which we imagine mothers throughout the world must cringe when they watch). Throughout the weekend there are family friendly activities and events, including apple carving, inflatables, music, and a display by Charlie Schaaf and Model Train Classic. Best of all, all kids under 17 are free! Each day’s event culminates in an auction of carvings from that day’s competition.

U.S. Open Chainsaw Sculpture Championship • Aug. 6-9 • Paul Bunyan Logging Camp Museum, Carson Park, Eau Claire • kids under 17 free • one-day adult tickets $5 in advance, $6 at the door • weekend adult passes $10 in advance, $12 at the door • (715) 835-6200 • •

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