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U.S. Open Chainsaw Sculpture Championship begins in Eau Claire Thursday

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - Chainsaw sculptors came to Eau Claire from around the world to select their logs for the U.S. Open Chainsaw Sculpture Championship this weekend. 

Chainsaw sculptor James Denkins came from Michigan for the contest, and had his eye on a log that is ideal for his image, but he didn't know what his wooden canvas would be until after Wednesday night's log lottery. 

Denkins said he prefers carving creations that have human features, and said he'll need a larger log to complete the feat. 

He started sawing 30 years ago, making gifts for family and friends. He knew the chances of getting his first choice log was low, but headed into the competition with high hopes. 

"If something happens, I usually figure well, fate said something else is supposed to happen, and then just kind of adapt and overcome," Denkins said.

The competition begins in at the Paul Bunyan camp Thursday with a cannon blast signaling the start of the saws at 10 a.m. A champion will be crowned Sunday. A full schedule of events can be found on the U.S. Open Chainsaw Sculpture Championship website

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