Ron Adamson works on a chainsaw carving during his first annual “The Libby Chainsaw Event,” held in downtown Libby at the same time as the Kootenai Country Montana chainsaw carving event last year. This year, his event will be held over the 4th of July weekend with plans to increase the size and visibility while remaining educational, fun, and family friendly.
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Internationally acclaimed artist, sculptor, wood carver and Libby, Montana resident, Ron Adamson, is hosting his 2nd annual Libby Chainsaw Event (non-profit) Thursday, July 4-Sunday, July 7 in Libby. Admission to the event is free and open to the public.
Community response, support and attendance was so overwhelming it led to a change in venue. The event will be held on the corner of Louisiana Avenue and Hwy. 2 diagonal from McDonalds, or (coming from the downtown area) on the grounds next door to the Libby Memorial Events Center on E. Lincoln Blvd. Ron and other master guest carvers will be creating and selling their work on site and teaching the basics of chainsaw carving.
Ron, who is best known for his “Easy” bronze sculpture of the guitar holding rocker “standin’ on a corner in Winslow, Arizona” (inspired by The Eagles song “Take it Easy”), has put together a fun, exciting and educational chainsaw carving “event,” not a competition, where carvers and guests can learn from the masters, watch beautiful wood carvings being made before their eyes and buy directly from the artist.
Carvers, vendors, sponsors and volunteers are welcome to participate in this celebration of chainsaw carving, wood arts and the role of the timber industry in Lincoln County.
Space is limited to 10-15 carvers (no fee to enter) and will be personally vetted by Ron Adamson. Information and updates about the event can be found on Facebook at Ron Adamson’s “The Libby Chainsaw Event.” Prospective vendors in the arts and crafts, food, etc. cannot duplicate another vendor. The cost to be a vendor (carvers can be vendors, too) is $25 per space and in-kind donation(s) for raffles (reflective of your particular business) that will be held during the event. Prospective carver and vendor applications are available at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It was always Ron’s dream to provide a family friendly, fun and relaxing venue for master wood carvers to work in a spirit of cooperation, teaching and learning from one another, and engaging with the public while creating and selling their art. Everyone wins, everyone learns and everyone has fun.
This year’s festival promises to be bigger and better: more carvers, more vendors, more seminars, family/kids activities, music, food and lots more art.