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2024 Semi-Pro Carvers

Brittny Hughes

Yoncalla, OR

I'm 33 years old been carving about 4 1/2 years. I'm a full time carver from yoncalla, OR. I love carving & running my chainsaws. My favorite animal to carve is donkeys.


Ian Rakestraw

Olympia, WA

Ian Rakestaw with Grizzly Artwork LLC. I'm a semi-pro looking to improve my skills at every event and become pro! I have over 1 million folowers on my social medias.


Kirk Stutzman

Lebanon, OR

Carving full time for 5 years. Northwest Carving Creations. Facebook: Kirk Stutzman Instagram: NWcarvingcreations Father son team "Bringing Dreams To Life."


Molly Wiste

Hackensack, MN

Molly Wiste started carving the summer of 2008 when she was offered a carving lesson by a local carver. After carving one carving at home after the lesson she was thrown into a quick carve in her local Hackensack Minnesota competition. With just one saw and no tools, she made it through the quick carve and found she cared well under pressure. she has since carved in competitions all over inincluding all over the United States, Australia. In 2019, Milly placed 3rd in Semi-Pro right here at the Oregon Divisional. Molly teaches art and woodworking in Bemidji, Minnesota full time, and chainsaw carves during the summers. Her favorite subjects are north american wildlife and people.


Riley Knaus

Coos Bay, OR

My name is Riley Knaus, and I'm a chainsaw carver and artist on my way to becoming a professional in both fields. Originally carving ice and eventually finding my way into the sawdust. Hoping to find my groove in this atmosphere and bring a new style into the mix.


Whitney Harder

Reedsport, OR

Whitney Harder has been carving for 11 years now. She can be found on Facebook under the name Whitney Harder chainsaw carver. I was lucky enough to have been able to volunteer at the local gallery Ellie's Chainsaw Art, and Ellie the owner took me under her wing at that time. I primarily carve custom orders and can carve anything you can imagine. You will find me at that same gallery in the red barn right on the Main Street in Old Town Reedsport. My favorite carvings are of predators and people. I specialize in carving benches and biographies. Come visit us for a quick tour of the facility. It's a must see like this carving competition.


Denny Henson

Sandpoint, ID

Denny started carving as a hobby in 2014 after taking a class at the George Kenny School of Chainsaw Carving. In 2023 after 20 years as an Electrical Engineer, Denny retired from engineering and moved from Washington to Idaho to pursue chainsaw carving full time. He has competed in Oregon, Washington and Montana. He enjoys carving mostly wildlife and caricature type animals.


Jarrod Flowers

Lakeport, CA

I'm Jarrod and I've been carving for 5 years. After meeting Mark Colp and Barbara, they decided to take me under their wing. They taught me the bears and supported me along the way of my carving career. I branched away from bears, although they are still one of my favorite subjects, I particularly like to carve turtles and tortoises, sea & marine life, and forest animals. However, the goal is to make beauty. Carving is my meditation and my quiet space to connect with self.


Kyle Christopherson

Snohomish, WA

Kyle, a native of Shoreline, WA, is a carving enthusiast who finds joy in the endless possibilities of this craft. Kyle picked up his 1st Chainsaw in the fall of 2022. For him, carving represents freedom of expression, and boundless creativity. With each stroke of his tools, Kyle explores the depths of his imagination, transforming raw materials into works of art that reflect his unique perspective. In carving, Kyle finds not only a hobby but a lifelong passion that opens doors to new skills and endless possibilities. Kyle's commitment to his craft continues to inspire those around him as he carves his way through life with passion and purpose. Kyle's inspiration comes from his fellow carvers, nature, and by creating special one of a kind pieces for family and friends. You can see his future events, sculpture photos and follow him along on his journey, on Instagram at "this.years.hobby" and Facebook: This Year's Hobby


Porter Foltz

North Bend, OR

3rd term apprentice inside wireman out of IBEW Local 932. Competed throughout the west coast and british columbia. Have helped the old man for 10 years plus throughout the U.S., Canada and Alaska. Hoping to compete in Fair Banks, Alaska at the ice carving world championships next year.


Terry Moss

Turner, OR

Terry moss began woodcarving in 2016. He started with small caricatures created exclusively with knives and gouges. Over a short period of time, his carvings evolved into detailed scenes that were meant to make you wonder. His carvings have been on display at a number of carving shows and have earned several ribbons and awards. In 2023 his carvings were recognized with two first place ribbons by the Caricature Carvers of America. After attending the ODCCC in 2020, Terry decided that chainsaw carving was a way to challenge the creative processes and shar ehis art with a wider audience. In 2023 he competed in the ODCCC for the very first time. That show led to a number of commission pieces and a very active carving season. His work can be found on Facebook and Instagram.

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