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15th annual Chainsaw Rendezvous
By: WJAC Web Staff
RIDGWAY, Pa. -- The air in Ridgway had the smell of sawdust due to nearly 150 chainsaw sculptures that turned logs into works of art.
Aaron Booker took a chainsaw to a piece of wood and turned it into a 7-foot black bear.
I like it because you can just go get a piece of wood, its free most of the time, said Booker. People dont want it you can turn it into a lot of money, just one log.
Booker planned to sell the black bear for $1,200. This is Bookers second time at the Chainsaw Rendezvous but he started sculpting 11 years ago. He was able to get good enough to turn his hobby into a full-time job.
For a long time I would just look at pictures and just try to visualize it in my mind, he said. Then I could visualize it without the picture.
Each of the sculptors carved at the 15th annual Chainsaw Rendezvous in Ridgway had their own technique but all said one thing.
We all come here to have fun and carve, and meet people and sell products, said sculptor Glen Durlacher.
Durlacher has been carving for 30 years and said his talent came from being a chip off the old block.
I think it was in my genes, he said. My great-grandfather was an artist and a designer for Tiffanys, a silversmith.
Durlacher said he credits his intricate carving style to his great-grandfather.
Sculptors did not have to pay to be a part of the event but they did have to donate a carving for Saturdays auction. The proceeds would keep the event going for years to come.