National Road Chainsaw Carving Festival
In late June of 2013 I participated in the National Road Chainsaw Carving Festival in Addison, PA. This festival is held in the mountains near Ohiopyle and Youghiogheny Lake. The town is small, but the people really go all out to make the carvers feel welcome. I was joined by my wife Sharon, daughter Marie, brother and sister-in-law Terry and Diana at a rental home on the banks of the Youghiogheny River. I was able to carve an owl family and a commission piece (see picture) for a family whose removed tree was used in the festival. I happened to select their tree and offered to carve for them. They wanted a boy fishing (Huck Finn style). The 50/50 auction at the end of the show was a great opportunity to pick up carvings at great prices. Not as profitable for the carvers, but I had the commission and sold 4 carvings to the owners of a seafood restautant in Maryland en route to NJ. I sold 4 more carvings in NJ while visiting my Mother and sister Susan and her husband Joe.