Glenn Greensides of Sayward. Photo by Mike Chouinard/Campbell River Mirror

Carvers letting saw dust fly in annual competition

Campbell River competition attracts carvers from around B.C. and beyond

The air around Willow Point is alive again with the buzz of chainsaws, as the Transformation on the Shore carving competition is now underway.

The 23rd annual event takes place at Frank James, with carvers working from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The artists started on Wednesday, June 19 and will keep working away at their creations until midday on Sunday.

There are just over 20 competitors taking part this year, with many from the immediate area, along with other carvers from Vancouver Island, other parts of B.C. and even as far as Alberta, representing professionals and amateurs, and people from a range of backgrounds.

Last year’s winner for the professional and Carver’s Choice categories, Junior Henderson is back, along with his brother and cousin, to work on a piece to honour missing and murdered Indigenous women.

“We’re just so proud and honoured,” said Anna Jaworski, who sits on the board of directors for the event. “We get some great carvers here.”

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Every year, they get some favourites coming back, while there are always a few new faces. She encourages the public to stop by Frank James Park to have a look at the works as they progress over the week.

Jaworski credits supporters throughout the community for helping to make the event possible each year.

“Our corporate sponsors have just been phenomenal,” she said. “This town really gets behind it.”

Clarification: Anna Jaworksi says “the items for sale are the quick carves done on Saturday. The carvers themselves may have items they wish to sell. The carvings done this week are not up for auction.” This article was updated on June 24.

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Kevin Lewis of Courtenay gets to work. Photo by Mike Chouinard/Campbell River Mirror

Amanda Chalmers of Campbell River. Photo by Mike Chouinard/Campbell River Mirror

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