MCKENZIE RIVER CHAINSAW & ARTS FESTIVAL
JULY 19-21, 2019
Come see 15 of the World's Best Carving Artists design sculptures out of logs! Watch them transform logs into giant bigfoots, bears, eagles, owls, and more! Fun for the entire family!
Smokey the Bear will be there to take photos with the children!
We will have live music!
15 This Year! Including 1 Female!!
Get to know some amazing international &
national, award winning
carvers from around the
Northwest & Europe, that will be at this year's
Smokey the Bear will be here to say hello, and
take pictures, with the
We will also have live music!
Alexandru Pricob - Renton, WA
Alex has been carving for 10 years now and has been participating in our festivals for approximately 5 years. He is very talented and has won many awards for his work. So many, that we can't list them all here. Many of Alex's carvings are made so that you can hang them on the wall, so everyone has space for one of Alex's carvings! He also makes many "Little Bigfoots,", i.e., 3-4' size, so you can take those home, too! Alex won the prize for "People's Choice" at our festival last year. We are always happy and proud to have Alex at our festivals!
Alex comes from the small village of Moldova, which is near Romania, in Europe. When he was a small child, he loved drawing cartoons, so his mother always made sure he had plenty of pencils to draw with! In 2007, Alex moved to the United States, in search of a better life.
Alex has won many 1st and 2nd place prizes for his work and he often wins prizes at competitions for carvings bringing in the most money at the festival. He has participated in many street fairs, wood carving shows and competitions, including the famous Oregon Divisional Chainsaw Competition held in Reedsport, Oregon, which is held every Father's Day weekend. In 2019, this competition was now in its 21st year!
Alex tell us, “In the summer of 2009, I went to a wood carving show in Ocean Shores and fell in love with what I saw. I went home and tried to do some wood carvings myself, and I thought they turned out very good. Since then, I have been carving sculptures out of lumber, using the chainsaw."
Bob King - Edgewood, WA
Bob King is an international and national, award winning carver. He travels to shows all around the world with his wife, Cindy. Bob is one of the most award winning carvers in the world.
Bob started carving in 1998 after watching carvers at the Puyallup, WA, fair. He owned a couple of chainsaws for cutting firewood, so he thought he would see what he could do.
A friend from Boeing, where he was working, offered him a log of cedar from some property he was clearing for a house. Weeks went by, and it became the joke in Bob's department at Boeing. "Hey, Bob, did you carve that log yet?" He finally admitted that he was afraid he might mess it up, and didn't want to waste the wood. His friend told him, "If you mess it up, I have another piece you can have." So, after several months, Bob finally put the saw to the wood. He was very happy with the bear he carved, so he took it to Boeing to show his departmental friends there, that he had finally carved that log! A couple of the guys were impressed enough that they offered to buy a carving from him, if he would make them one!
That's how it all began! Then, in approximately 2001, Boeing had to lay some people off, and Bob was one of them. After a year of studying MCSC, and passing all his exams, Bob decided he just wanted to be a carver. So, here it is, 20 years later, and Bob is still carving! He has been very blessed in his career. After one of his first competitions, his wife, Cindy, said, "I didn't know you could do that!" And Bob replied, "I didn't either!"
Bob has been asked to compete in competitions all around the world! The highlight of his travels was in 2010, when he was presented with a star, (sprocket shaped), in the "Carvers' Walk of Fame" for winning more competitions than any other carver in the world!
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Bruce Thor - Kent, WA
A 3rd generation Icelandic American chainsaw gypsy from Kent, Washington. I’m a cartoonist, painter, writer turned sculptor. I attended my first competition in 2000 at Westport, WA.
Thor’s Adventure since attending our first festival in 2013:
“I went to England, Scotland, and traveled across America. I carved under hot air balloons and at a kangaroo zoo. I saw the tallest underground waterfall, witnessed blue grass by the bonfire in Georgia, amazing firework shows, and attended great feasts. 3 flat tires and 2 vehicles later, I saw snow rollers in Pennsylvania and showed up in North Carolina with 40 bucks and 80 carvings!” Thor painted several murals from PA to WA. Heading west via Mt. Rushmore, by grace of God, Thor made it home.
Thor won Peoples Choice in Port Gamble, WA, 4th of July festival in 2015. He was featured on the Spike TV Framework as one of the chainsaw guys helping competitors make furniture. Thor’s guy won! In October, 2016, Thor became the subject of a college thesis paper on living American artists and was in the Tacoma News Tribune several times for a big turtle and coral reef carving on-site near Wright Park.
"Creation continues for me as I look forward to seeing y'all once again. Keep smiling," – Thor
Chris Foltz - North Bend, OR
Chris in not only a master wood carver, he’s an award winning ice carver and accomplished executive chef. He attended Oregon Coast Culinary Institute, and is now teaching the art to upcoming chefs.
This year, Chris Foltz' 14 year old son, Porter, will join him in carving! Come watch this amazing 14 year old carve!!
Chris has competed in many chainsaw and ice carving competitions. From 2014 -2017, in the Chetwynd
Chainsaw Art Competitions, Chris won 1st place! That's 1st place, four times in a row! It is impressive to watch his technique. Chris ' wife, Kendra, carves also, and so do Chris' two sons, Porter and Gabriel. The Foltz family is a very happy family, and all the carvers and people working in all the festivals, love them! You will, too!
Follow him on Facebook – Chris Foltz
Nicholas Bielby - Port Angeles, WANicholas has been carving full time since he started about two and a half years ago. He loves to carve anything from bears to dragons. He loves the carving family that he has met over the years. Nicholas strives for realism and is enjoying the progression of his carvings.
Linda Chavez - Klammoth Falls, WA
That's right! A female carver! Come watch this amazing woman carve next to, and compete with, all the guys!!
Linda was born in Klamath Falls, Oregon and is a United States Veteran. She served in the United States Air Force. She now works at Columbia Forest Products, and has been there for 26 years.
One day, Linda went to her local grocery store and discovered a man selling bears he had carved with a chainsaw to earn money to buy groceries for his family. Linda purchased several of the bears and took them home as gifts for her family. After studying the bears, she realized that she wanted to carve some bears of her own. She knew she could do it, as she has always enjoyed making things with her hands.
Her first step was to prove to her husband that she could handle a chainsaw! So he took her out wood cutting and decided that Linda was very capable of handling a chainsaw safely, so they bought her a chainsaw with a carving bar.
Linda has always had a passion for making things out of wood and she started out by making things with a Dremel. She has been carving since 2013. Linda went to her first Chainsaw & Arts Carving Festival in 2015, at the McKenzie Community Track & Field! She watched all the different carvers, noticed their techniques, and checked out all their carvings. She returned to the 2017 festival, as well. She says, "I knew I wanted to be in a festival someday." And now, here she is, in her first festival, the 2018 Community Track & Field, Chainsaw & Arts Festival!
Come help us cheer on our first female competitor! Come watch her compete with all the guys and have some fun with us! Good luck, Linda!
Tristin is 19 years old now, and has just graduated from high school. This past year, he played football. In 2018, he won medals for track in the District Meet which took him to the State Competition!
Constantin Morari - Sacramento, Calif.
Constantin just won 1st place in the Semi-Pro Division at the 19th annual Oregon Divisional Carving Championships (ODCC) that took place in downtown Reedsport over the Father’s Day weekend.
Ryan Anderson is not able to join us this year. He will be missed!
Ryan is the performing artist for Sculptures In Motion. He has been sculpting professionally since 2006. He is one of the youngest amongst his competitors, yet he is a force to be reckoned with. Ryan has been making a name for himself throughout the world, competing all over North America and Europe.
Ryan displayed artistic abilities ever since he was just a child. He was introduced to chainsaw carving just shortly after turning 16. Ryan became hooked on the art. After graduating from Reedsport High School in 2007. he began carving full time and began to attend more competitions.
Ryan worked under Mark Colp during the winters of 2007 through 2011 learning more of the trade. Working with Colp has been a huge benefit not only to Ryan's sculpting career. In 2009 just at the age of 20, Ryan was invited to represent Husqvarna, a power equipment company.
To this day Ryan creates a one of a kind experience, not only with inspiring sculptures but also with Husqvarna's top of the line power equipment. He enjoys a good challenge and using his imagination to come up with some very unique pieces of art. He also enjoys inspiring his fellow artists with his skills and techniques to help others learn this art.
Ryan credits his success to the selfless dedication of his family, friends and many of his fellow carvers that were willing to inspire him and help guide him along the way.
Jacob Lucas - Bonney Lake, WA
Jacob Lucas loves to carve Big Cats (cougars, mountain lions) and Big Foots! Not many carvers carve the big cats, so it is a rare treat to watch and see the cats that Jacob carves. Come watch him. You will be amazed!
A resident of Bonney Lake, Washington; Jacob Lucas has been carving since 2004. Throughout the years he has worked in many mediums such as drawing, clay sculpture, digital design, glass blowing and chainsaw art.
Carving became a dream of Jacob's when his grandmother bought some cute carved bears at the local fair. "At age 13, I thought it was somthing I could do so I saved my money from working in a lawnmower repair shop and purchased a small saw." His dreams were soon cut short when two weeks later the new saw was stolen from the garage. Being only 13, Lucas pretty much wrote off becoming a carver.
Eleven years later his grandmother read an article in the paper about a carver and reminded Jacob of his dream so long ago. She offered to buy him a new saw and from then on he has been hooked. A few years in, Jacob decided to try competitive carving; he entered the Reedsport Divisional Chainsaw Competition in Oregon, taking second place in the semi-pro category. He returned the next year and entered as a professional, taking eighth place among 30 of the best carvers in the world.
In 2015, Lucas was invited by Bob King to go to Mulda, Germany as his partner to represent the U.S.A. in the Huskycup Worldcup Championship Invitational Chainsaw Carving Competition against teams from five other countries. The assignment was to create a hunting scene from each group's country of origin before the age of firearms; they carved a Native American rearing up on a horse and spearing a full sized bison, which took second place overall. Jacob also won second place in the 2015 People's Choice award at the 3rd Annual McKenzie River Chainsaw & Arts Festival.
Lucus has been featured in many carving articles. He spent three summers sculpting 16 trees over 12 feet tall for the City of Bridgeport next to the Chief Joseph Dam in Eastern Washington. He now has 30 sculptures in the town. Jacob also has a few sculptures on display in the City of Chelan, WA, and carved a 10-foot tall nutcracker for the City of Leavenworth that is located in the center of town across from the Leavenworth, WA, Nutcracker Museum.
Jacob carves full time and takes custom orders. He likes to say "I love to make people smile with my art".
James Lukinich – Willamina, OR
“The Carver”, located off Hwy 18,exit 25, near Spirit Mountain casino…
While working as an arborist, James enjoyed the recycling of dead and diseased tress by carving animals, for fun. After several years in the art show circuit, James' talent was recognized by the art community in Southern California. He liked the idea of a carving competition, so he applied to the Reedsport , Oregon, National Chainsaw Art Competition.in 2009. Since then, he has placed in the top 10, pro division, several times.
He likes meeting fellow carvers, sharing and learning new techniques. He carves all subjects. The challenge of custom pieces is what he enjoys the best. James is located off Hwy. 18 near Grand Ronda, Oregon. He keeps busy doing custom, professional work, here in Oregon. Still with a following in San Diego County, he continues to make trips there each year.
While living in California, Lukinich was accepted as a working artist and member of the Spanish Village Artists Guild in San Diego’s Balboa Park. Lukinich was one of the featured sculptors demonstrating at, “Art Splash” Carlsbad, CA in 2009.
Born in Oregon, Lukinich began carving while logging in Alaska. ”The first thing I carved was a dynamite sign”. While owning his own tree service for many years, he finally started carving professionally in 2008.
View James’ work on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/James-Lukinich
Matt Holznagel - Washington
Here, he's carving his, "Lineman" at the 19th Annual Oregon Divisional Chainsaw Carving Championship in Reedsport, Oregon, June, 2018. Matt will be joining us again this year. He was not able to join us last year, so this is special! Come see Matt carve. He makes amazing carves. He makes great Bigfoots and many other things. You will see his "Grinch" here soon, and other carves, as well.
Todd has been carving for 25 years, 15 of those, full time. He isa father of 4. His favorite thing to carve is whimsical bears. He enjoys getting together with other carvers at shows because it’s like a family reunion. Come see Todd's beautiful work! It's simply amazing!
Todd Whited is not able to join us this year because his daughter is getting married. Congratulations to her and to the proud father!