The dust was flying in Eau Claire today – sawdust that is.
The U.S. Chainsaw Sculpture Championships had a lot of people buzzing. We were there on the final day to check out the carvings see who took home the grand prize.
The U.S. Open Chainsaw Sculpture Championships came to a close today.
"People travel from all over the world. We have literally the 10 best sculptors in the world here competing, They come from Australia, 4 from Japan, Germany, Austria and around the U.S.," says Larry Doyle, the event organizer.
Weeks of preparation can go into a single sculpture from drawing it out to sculpting it in clay but you can't plan for everything.
"My original plan was to have it lying down. But then I looked at the log I was allocated, we have a log draw, and I thought, no, this thing needs to stand up," says Robby Bast, a sculptor from Australia.
Each sculptor only had 26 hours to complete their giant work of art which proved difficult for some.
"I would have liked to finish it! I'm happy with the piece I've done. I tried to push myself and up the degree of difficulty right up there," says Bast.
For the second year in a row, Takao Hayashi from Japan won first place.This was no surprise to one local sculptor.
"Takao Hayashi kinda brings it to a whole nother level. There's a lot of motion in his pieces. Even though he's been here before he does some crazy stuff. It's pretty amazing," says Dave Myers of Pioneer Carving in Eau Claire.
Once the chainsaws, sanders and paints are put down, the massive masterpieces are put up for auction. The artists may have to say good bye to their pieces but the skills they learned may come in handy next year.
"I was just the little guy kicking it with the big guys but it was a great experience," says Bast.
"The U.S. Open will always be right here in Eau Claire Wisconsin," says Doyle.
Money raised by the auction will go to the Paul Bunyan Logging Camp Museum in Carson Park.
The sculpture that won first place sold for $3,400. The biggest seller was the third place winner, a bench made by Steven Higgins from Missouri. That sold for $5,000.
Whitehall (WQOW) - Messy travel conditions did not slow down interest at a job fair today. Hi-Crush, a frac sand company set up shop in Whitehall, looking to hire. During the first few hours more thanMore >>
Messy travel conditions did not slow down interest at a job fair today. Hi-Crush, a frac sand company set up shop in Whitehall, looking to hire. During the first few hours more than 400 people showed up.More >>
Chippewa County (Press Release) - On November 25th 2013 a motorist traveling on CTH N west of the City of Chippewa Falls, in the Town of Wheaton found a weapon on the roadway in the vicinity of S-HWY 53.More >>
In event this weapon belongs to you please notify the Chippewa County Sheriff's Department.More >>
Local scores, plus highlights from girls basketball, boys basketball, and boys hockey. More >>
Local scores, plus highlights from girls basketball (La Crosse Logan vs. Chippewa Falls, River Falls vs. Altoona, La Crosse Central vs. Menomonie), boys basketball (EC North vs. La Crosse Central, Eleva-Strum vs. Fall Creek, Independence vs. McDonell, St. Croix Central vs. Elk Mound), and boys hockey (EC North vs. Menomonie). More >>
Western Wisconsin (WQOW) - Patience runs thin as the temperature drops. That helps explain new numbers about the gun deer hunt. The DNR says hunters killed more than 226,000 deer during the nine-dayMore >>
Patience runs thin as the temperature drops. That helps explain new numbers about the gun deer hunt.More >>
Eau Claire (Press Release) - Snow started falling at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. Total accumulation of up to 1½ inches is expected. This snow could be mixed with rain and freezing rain. Crews willMore >>
Crews will be patrolling and salting the 85 miles of primary arterial streets as the conditions warrant.More >>
Eau Claire Co. (WQOW) - A bomb threat aimed at two local government offices ends with criminal charges for a Cadott man. A felony charge of making a bomb scare has just been filed against Thomas Danielson.More >>
A felony charge of making a bomb scare has just been filed against Thomas Danielson.More >>
Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's pubic inspection file should contact Director of Station Operations Lisa Patrow at 715-852-5920. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at firstname.lastname@example.org.