Chainsaw carvings take shape, help Libby carve out tourism economy

Last weekend marked the second Kootenai Country Montana Chainsaw Carving Championship that was held on Mineral Ave., and Ron Adamson’s The Libby Chainsaw Event that was held next to Kootenai Valley Credit Union on Hwy. 2.

Both events drew chainsaw artists to Libby along with their families, friends and spectators who enjoyed the fascinating show of talent and shopping opportunities.

Participants hailed from our hometown icon, Ron Adamson to artists from Ireland, Slovakia, Argentina, Scotland, Lithuania, Japan, and even Zimbabwe.

In a letter from Governor Bullock, he said “I would like to commend the Kootenai Country Montana Foundation for their efforts to promote tourism and recreational development here in Lincoln County.”

To Ron Adamson he wrote, “The weekend is an opportunity to celebrate and learn from one of Libby’s favorite sons, Ron Adamson…I commend Ron for his efforts to bring art to his hometown and to the whole state of Montana.”

Adamson’s event offered opportunities for locals to learn from the experts and interact with artists. Kootenai Country Montana’s event offered world class competition for chainsaw masters.

This year’s winner was Joe Dussia from Pennsylvania. His piece also sold before the auction was held.

Above: John Schulz, a professional carver from Idaho works on carving a moose family at the 2018 Kootenai Country Montana Chainsaw Carving Competition. Right: Schulz’s completed masterpiece carving won him third place and $2,000 during the award’s ceremony. The carving was sold prior to Sunday’s auction, but it remained on display for event participants to admire. Bottom: Libby’s home town artist, Ron Adamson, works on a carving during The Ron Adamson Libby Chainsaw Event last Saturday. His event was held along Hwy. 2  in the parking lot across from the Kootenai   Valley Credit Union