The Scottish Open Chainsaw Carving Competition

If you are looking for something truly different to do the next time you visit Scotland, look no further than the Scottish Open Chainsaw Carving Competition. This great annual competition sees a variety of competitors use their talent to carve amazing sculptures from logs using only a chainsaw. The participants come from all over the United Kingdom to compare their chainsaw carving skills and at the end of it all, the finished works are auctioned off and the money raised is given to the sculptors and also used to fund the event.

The Scottish Chainsaw Carving Competition, also known as Carve Carrbridge, takes place in Carrbridge in the Scottish Highlands. The competition is held over a period of four hours, after which five different judges judge the various sculptures. The judges award each sculpture a mark out of ten and then the winner is the sculptor who gets the highest mark out of fifty. This judging process ensures that the overall result is as fair as possible and pieces are judged strictly according to their artistic merit. The winner of the competition receives the Claymore Trophy – a magnificent highland sword – and prize money amounting to £250. Prize money for second place is £150 and third place receives £100. There is also a Novice carver category and the winner of that receives the Stags Head Trophy and a £75 reward. A further £75 is awarded to the sculptor whose work is perceived to be the best by the public attending the event and another small prize is awarded for the best piece carved in a short period of time.

The event is not just about woodcarving and includes a number of other fun activities. From roughly 10:30 in the morning, a variety of live music can be heard. The Scottish Regiment will have a rather large and interactive stall set up where visitors to the festival can play at paintball and beat the goalie as well as take a look at their display. Other activities include archery, a raffle, a jumping castle, a tea cups fair ride, belly dancing, crockery smashing, a mountain biking demo, a mini highland games and much, much more. Children and adults alike will enjoy themselves immensely and the main focus of the event is having fun.

This year’s Carve Carrbridge competition will take place on Saturday the 1st of September 2007. There will be an admission fee for children under sixteen of £1 and £2 for adults. So book your stay in Carrbridge now and enjoy this great and unusual Highland festival.