As we count down to the beginning of this year’s festival on Friday, we’re posting daily blogs on the many events that can be enjoyed – starting with the brand new Carvefest!
Chances are it’s going to get pretty noisy in Peebles this weekend as a dozen of the UK’s top chainsaw carvers descend on Tweed Green for the first ever Carvefest! – a chainsaw-wielding extravaganza that will have the public watching in wonder as exquisite works of art are ‘carved’ before their very eyes.
Sponsored by the Woodland Trust, Carvefest! forms a special part of the festival’s tenth anniversary celebrations. Each of the carvers will work on their own large-scale sculptures using sections of spruce trees harvested from around the Tweed Valley Forest Park. The talented chainsaw artists will be hard at work creating their pieces from 10.30am to 4.30pm on Saturday and again from 10.30am on Sunday – culminating in a public auction of their creations at 3pm on the Sunday.
It’s an exciting opportunity to watch some of the very best chainsaw carvers in the business, including the top three competitors from the recent Scottish Championships held in Carrbridge. Sculptures are likely to include beautiful birds, animals and human figures – some of them carved into unique garden seats and benches.
Recently crowned Scottish Chainsaw Carving champion Pete Bowsher, a Canadian forester now based in Moffat and a regular at the festival’s Wood Market, can’t wait to get started: “I’m delighted to be joined this year by so many other chainsaw carvers who will be making their first appearance at the festival. Having so many great chainsaw carvers in action will help add a real buzz to the whole Wood Market weekend!”
Close second at the Scottish Championships was Arbroath’s Tom Harris-Ward who has been a driving force behind bringing Carvefest! to Peebles. “I’d definitely encourage folk to come along and take this unique opportunity to bid for something amazing that they’ve been able to watch take shape over the weekend,” says Tom.
As well as the pieces created over the weekend, the 12 chainsaw carvers will be selling carvings made previously, while commissions will also be considered.
Carvefest! will run on both Saturday and Sunday (24–25 Oct) on Tweed Green as part of the wider, weekend-long Wood Market. More on that in our next post …