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First-ever chainsaw carving championships in Valdez currently underway

Public can witness world-class carvers by ferry terminal through Thursday


August 1, 2018

Steven Weber photo

Jordan Anderson, one of the Alaska Cup event organizers, is working on a Salmon carving he started only a few hours before.

The sawdust is flying and the smell of machine oil is in the air, as a unique artform and its best artists compete down by the old city dock.

The town is currently hosting the third Alaska Cup Carving Championship, which has brought world-famous carvers from around the country - and world – to Valdez.

Although the event started on Sunday, action can still be viewed by the ferry docks today (Wednesday) and tomorrow.

Carvers will be working on their main pieces up until 5 p.m. today. After this, a "water-theme" speed carving contest will take place until 6:30 p.m.

Steven Weber photo

Marina Cole from Alberta, Canada started to carve her main piece on Monday.

Tomorrow will be the final day of the event, with main piece carvings wrapping up.

After the main pieces are finished, a "monster theme" speed-carving contest will occur, with an auction and awards ceremony immediately after from 6-8 p.m. The event will end with a community bonfire which is scheduled to last until midnight.

Jordan Anderson, a wood carver with Turnagain Gallery, is one of the event organizers.

"Carvers are selected from some of the best in the World," he said. "The public will be amazed at what they are able to create with a chainsaw."

This is the first time the Alaska Cup Carving Championship has been held in Valdez and there is no charge to attend the events.


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