Chainsaw Carving - Saturday 8th Sept.
Chainsaw Carving is internationally recognised as one of the most incredible art forms of the modern era. To take a tree or log in its roar form and visualise it as a 3 dimensional sculpture, using only imagination and a grunty chainsaw, has to be worth some serious acknowledgement!
For almost 20 years now at Kawerau Woodfest, NZ chainsaw carvers have been plying their trade in front of the gathering Kiwi Woodfest crowds. 1000’s of people pass through and take a look at each carver nurture their block of wood into something one off and unique. Watching them carve away is quite mesmerising and if you literally walk away for too long you will miss the amazing wood transformation that reveals itself during the day. Sheer brilliance in motion!
On Sunday we have the Woodfest auction which will give people the opportunity to bid for any of the pieces which were created on competition day.
Each carver will work to a set theme which changes each year, with the IRB Rugby World Cup that took place in NZ back in 2011 the theme could only be based around the egg shaped ball which is recognised as the nation’s favourite sport, Rugby.
This year’s ‘theme’ is still undergoing some careful consideration, but with the World of White Water Rafting set to hit the shores of NZ in the coming 18 months, some kind of ‘whitewater’ theme will certainly be be on the cards.
Check out the Chainsaw Carving arena on Saturday 8th September.
Woodfest Auction - Sunday 9th Sept.
Once you have been totally absorbed and astonished by the chainsaw carvers work, you may just about have fallen in love with one of the pieces (not the carver!). Well, on Sunday you can bid for whichever pieces you want and the deeper you dig into your pockets - the greater chance you will take it home.
Imagine all your friends visiting your home and stumbling on a unique piece of chainsaw carved work.
Auction will start at 11am at the Woodchopper/Chainsaw carving arena.