DUNDEE: This Friday and Saturday will see a demonstration of a rarely seen competitive art form take place at the Dundee Resort and Golf Club.
Chainsaw carving will be the name of the game both days from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on the front lawn of the local golf hotspot. The event is free to attend, and the art work is available for purchase.
Three artists will be at work.
Joel Palmer (aka Swamp Bear) is a Canadian chainsaw artist currently living and working in Browns Flat, N.B. He’s won two Atlantic Canada Sculpting Championships and competed with professionals from Atlantic Canada to the Pacific coast.
In 2016, Palmer won the People’s Choice award at a prestigious national sculpture competition with artist of varying mediums. In 2017, he won gold with Team Stihl Canada in Eibau, Germany.
Tracie Dugas, who’s been carving for over 20 years, is a chainsaw carver from Clare.
Dugas has performed several live demonstrations at the Outdoor Sports and RV Show in Halifax, Saltscapes, Harvest Meets the Holidays in Truro, Tall Ships Festival in Digby, and a Wood Carving Competition in St. Andrew’s New Brunswick. Some of her pieces have made it around the world as far as Australia.
Last but not least is local guy Marc Timmons (aka Sawmarcs) who is a young and progressing chainsaw carver from Port Hawkesbury.
Timmons developed an interest in chainsaws at a young age and purchased his first at the age of nine. While vacationing in Campbell River, B,C., he was exposed to the art of chainsaw carving. He started carving at the age of 10, and now 13, he has three years of experience under his belt, having created many pieces such as bears, eagles, fish, and owls which he has sold, traded and used to assist others in the community.