6 APRIL 2013
Isle of Wight Chainsaw Carving Championships & Charity Sculpture Auction in aid of the Hospice
Seven of the UK’s top chainsaw sculptors will be sending the sawdust flying over the Isle of Wight Spring Garden Show weekend on 27 th and 28th April, as they take part in the Island’s fourth Chainsaw Carving Championships in aid of the Earl Mountbatten Hospice.
The theme for this year’s competition, sponsored by Wightlink, is “Science and Nature” and the eagerly awaited designs have now been released, with everything from a giant bear to a nesting dodo being proposed.
The Chainsaw Carving Championships start on the show field from 10am on Saturday 27th April, with all seven pieces having to be finished for judging at 3pm on Sunday 28th. Each of the seven artists – Paul Sivell, Ant Beetleston, Denius Parson, Steve Elsby, Nigel Sardeson, Dan Hunt and Guido Oakley – will be taking a section of 2.5m long tree trunk and sculpting it into a work of art using only their trusted chainsaws, chisels and files.
The artists will perform in a special arena where show visitors can watch the sculptures being created as the weekend progresses and get a chance to bid for the work they see at the charity sculpture auction on Sunday afternoon when the carvings are finished.
The winner of the best judged piece will be presented with the Wightlink IW Carving Championship Trophy and then all pieces will be auctioned off to Show visitors with half of the proceeds being generously donated to the Isle of Wight Earl Mountbatten Hospice.
Reigning champion Guido Oakley from the Island has chosen a whale related theme for his sculpture this year. He won the competition last time with a mermaid carved from cypress wood, which went on to fetch nearly £1000 at auction.
Guido, who has a workshop in Ventnor said, “The competition is one of the things I look forward to most in my year. I’ve competed every time and I was delighted to have been chosen the champion last time by Geoff Hughes who sadly won’t be with us this year”.
Guido went onto say, “My kids couldn’t believe it when I was presented with the cup and they desperately want to see it on our mantelpiece again after this year’s event. I’ve chosen a whale themed carving to depict the plight of these beautiful creatures around the globe. Hopefully it will inspire people to dig deep and help raise a nice sum for the Hospice at the auction.”
Keen supporters of the IW Earl Mountbatten Hospice are encouraged to make a sealed bid for the sculptures in advance of the auction by contacting Karen Eeles or Ben Rust at the Isle of Wight Hospice on 528989, Darren Cool or James Crofts at the Spring Garden Show office on 556052, or by downloading a sealed bid form from the show website at: gardenshow.robin-hill.com/chainsaw_carving_2013.
Sealed bids can also be left at the carving arena over the weekend once you have seen your sculpture being made or you can just bid at the auction. The Isle of Wight Radio team will be hosting the charity sculpture auction and encouraging you to part with a few more pounds to benefit the Hospice.
All of the sculptors have previously competed at the prestigious Westonbirt Arboretum “International Sculptree” festival where Europe’s top sculptors are invited to take part and create masterpieces over a four day period every August.
Tickets for the weekend Spring Garden Show provide access over the two days so that you can pop back to see how things are progressing and enjoy Robin Hill Country Park too.
Early bird discounted tickets are available until Tuesday 16th April from the show’s website: gardenshow.robin-hill.com or direct from the County Press shop in Pyle Street Newport, saving up to 20% on standard entry tickets on the weekend.
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Contacts are available for all chainsaw carvers.
For further information, please contact Darren J. Cool at Robin Hill Country Park on 01983 556052 or Michelle Russell on 079298 47665.