Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on March 16, 2004 · Page 27
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 27

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March 2004 Redwood Region Logging Conference Chainsaw Carving Contest Returns to Conference By B. J. Bassett "I carve," Jerry Muir said. Last year in Eureka was the first Chainsaw Carving Contest and Jerry Muir was instrumental in helping conference Executive Director Katherine Ziemer and Board Member (now President) Adam Steinbuck design this event. Muir invited contestants to participate. This year some of those contestants will return, while for others it will be their first time. Mark Colp, a Lakeport resident, was Photo by Ed Severinghaus Pat Mcvay carving "Life Cycle (1996) a North American Champion with the Cascade Chainsaw Carvers Guild. Steve Backus, of Clinton, WA, started the guild and coordinated the Westport, WA based competition "The Big One." It is the world's largest international nautical chainsaw carving competition, and the original one with 200 carvers competing the last weekend in July. Bob King, promoter/coordinator Of the Reedsport, OR, competition won the East Coast Winter Rendezvous for two consecutive years. New comer this year is Lower Lake resident Wayne Lyon. "He does good work," Muir said. Observers will witness these creative lumbermen quickly carve a piece of art with an ax or saw right before their eyes. The chainsaw sculptors will be auctioned each evening with the largest carving judged and auctioned at the grand finale banquet. Muir was introduced to chainsaw carving while logging in British Colombia after returning from Vietnam as a paratrooper "I was looking for some adventure," Muir said. Jack Schiecher, a silversmith and stone sculptor, was moving to a new location and couldn't transport a 200 pound piece of soapstone. Schiecher told Muir to break pieces off and carve it with a hunting knife. So Muir worked on a five inch piece and carved a fish out of it. He showed the fish to some friends and they told others. Hence, his career took off. Muir still does some stone sculptures, but mostly he uses redwood. He began carving in the 1970s while he was still a logger and went into it full time in 1982. "Sometimes it is very tedious, just like any job. Some days you just don't want to go out to do it. Other times you really look forward to it. It's a living, but it's what the good Lord gave me to do," Muir said. The largest piece he's ever carved was commissioned by the Santa Fe Casino in Las Vegas. He created a 15- foot Kodiak bear, which stands in the restaurant. About the upcoming Chainsaw Carving Competion in Ukiah Muir said, "I'm looking forward to it!" Visitors also look forward to hearing the chainsaw rev and to witness burly lumbermen create pieces of wood art right before their eyes. You could WIN this *"^. • Honda TRX 650 ATV 4x4 With Trittility Trailer Drawing to be held March 20, 2004 at the 66th Annual Banquet & Dance. (Need not be present to win) Castinga MAIN CENTER MBKINLCVVILLE kVsCtPEKK • WEAVERVILLE QAHBERVILLE • UKIAH WWW.HUMBDLOTBANK.CDM WHAT CAN FORESTRY TEACH US ABOUT INVESTING? Nothing happens until you plant. It can yield for years to come. Great rewards are cultivated over time. 537 7th Street, Eureka, CA 95501 707-445-8601 or 800-400-8434 COCHRANE & ASSOCIATES Wealth Management Services Investment products and services offered through Wachovia Securities Financial Network, LLC. Membei NASD/SIPC

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