When Bob and Cindy King decided to start a chainsaw carving competition they thought of their hometown Reedsport, Oregon. In 2000, Reedsport became the home of "The Oregon Divisional Chainsaw Carving Championship." In it's 20th year this show continues to grow and attract Carvers from all around the world.
In 2011, The Oregon Festival and Events Association awarded this event the Ovation Award for "The Best Performing Art Festival of Oregon." The talented works of the chainsaw artists at the Reedsport show have brought recognition to the City and in 2011 the State Legislature passed a resolution naming Reedsport "The Chainsaw Carving Capital of Oregon."
The Show consists of two main events:
The Master Carving - Artists have 4 days to complete their main sculpture. The Carvers start working on their Master Carvings at 7:30 am and continue through the day.
The Quick Carves - Each day of the competition the Carvers create wonderful finished pieces in 90 minutes. Quick Carves happen every day from 10:30 am to noon.
Finished Quick Carve sculptures are auctioned off to the highest bidder starting at 5:30 pm Thursday through Saturday, and 1 pm on Sunday. The Master Carvings are sold individually, and the prices vary among the artists, so it is best to talk directly with the Carver.