Carving competition creates big buzz


(Photo by Mark Brennan/Siuslaw News)

The 19th annual Oregon Divisional Carving Championships (ODCC) took place in downtown Reedsport over the Father’s Day weekend. The profile of the Chainsaw Carving Championships, which is sponsored by the Reedsport and Winchester Bay Chamber of Commerce, has grown significantly in the nearly two decades since the event’s inception in 2001.

Competitors from around the country, and around the world, have traveled to Oregon to participate in the event, with three competitors from Japan placing in the top 10 this year.

The ability to transform a large piece of wood, taken from a very tall tree, into something recognizable and interesting is a natural extension of what woodworkers and loggers have done in the Northwest for decades.

Emmerson Hoagland is the coordinator for Reedsport’s Main Street initiative and he thinks the ODCC is not only a fun time for families on Father’s Day but also a link to the area’s past.

“The Chainsaw Carving Championship is a wonderful way to commemorate our logging history as well artistically pay homage to the forests that provide such a distinctive natural environment in which to live,” said Hoagland. “We are very proud that Reedsport is the location of such a prestigious competition and that many of these carvings will remain in our community for future generations to enjoy.” 

There were many styles of carving on display at the ODCC this year with strong examples of traditional carving subjects like bears and eagles. The detail apparent in the pieces ranged from roughed-out to finely detailed, mostly dependent on the category the carver entered.

There are two types of carving’s that were judged over the four days of this year’s ODCC event. The first is known as a “quick carve,” which took place each day and involved a time 

limit of 90 minutes. The second category is for Master Carvers, with competitors allowed to work on these pieces throughout the weekend, with a Sunday afternoon judging held to determine the winner.

The sport of Chainsaw carving is growing, with a number of member organizations dedicated to expanding the number of competitions held each year.

Currently there are competitions in Australia, Canada, Japan and the United Kingdom.

Three competitors from Japan — Hikaru Kodama, Jirou Ran and Hikaru Kodama — placed in this year’s competition while one resident of Oregon placed in the top 10.

Winners of the 19th annual ODCC included:

Pro Division:

1st Place: Bob King — Edgewood, Wash.

2nd Place: Mark Colp — Lakeport, Calif.

3rd Place: Brandon Wilson — Richford, VT.

4th Place: Ryan Anderson — Reedsport, Ore.

5th Place: Colby Herrington — Bonney Lake, Wash.

6th Place: Hikaru Kodama — Japan

7th Place: Jirou Ran — Japan

8th Place: Tomas Vrba — Bellingham, Wash.

9th Place: Tim Pickett — Eliot, Maine.

10th Place: Ota Kazunori — Japan

Semi-Pro Division:

1st Place: Constantin Morari — Sacramento, Calif.

2nd Place: Garrett Aries — Grapeview, Wash.

3rd Place: Nick Bielby — Port Angeles, Wash.

Carver’s Choice:

Brandon Wilson — Richford, VT.

People’s Choice:

Ryan Anderson — Reedsport, Ore.

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