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Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous begins Saturday
Thursday, February 14, 2013
RIDGWAY - The 14th annual Ridgway Carvers Rendezvous begins Saturday in downtown Ridgway and will run through the week culminating in the annual auction on Feb. 23.
Formerly held at the Motion Control property, near the west end of Ridgway, the location was changed last year to better integrate the event into the downtown area and give attendees better access to the shops and restaurants on Main Street.
The streets encompassing the Rendezvous include South Broad Street to the intersection of Main and Center streets, and Center Street to the intersection of Mill Street. Court Street will also be closed for the week-long event.
Brothers Rick and Randy Boni are responsible for the idea of the Ridgway Carvers Rendezvous. With the help of their wives, the brothers decided to gather a few friends and family members with the intention of carving designs and figures into wood with chainsaws. The first event was small and simple, but a second one was held the following year.
After the second Rendezvous, when Randy Boni and his wife moved away from the area, Rick Boni and his wife, Liz, took up the reigns to organize the event, with the help of two of Rick's brothers. The event has since flourished, growing from a small friends and family gathering to become an event that hosts hundreds of carvers annually and has gained worldwide acclaim.
Hundreds of chainsaw carvers from all around the world show off their artistic skills, sell their wares and raise money for charity. Each carver who participates in the Rendezvous is asked to donate one sculpture to be auctioned off to the highest bidder with net proceeds going to charity.
The week-long event always ends with the auction. This year's auction will be held on Feb. 23, beginning at noon.
The auction provides people with the opportunity to purchase an original work of art created and sculpted at the event.
Throughout the preceeding week, visitors can watch the carvers at work, attend various events and enjoy special foods and crafts for sale.
Presentations and demonstrations on the art form, techniques, practices, practical issues, occupational health and business aspects of chainsaw art will be held.
Beginning Monday morning through Thursday, a selection of professionals will present educational information and demonstrations to share with other artists and the public.
Some of the carvers who will attend this year's Rendezvous are coming from cities and towns throughout Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Maryland, New York, Virginia, Colorado, Indiana, South Carolina, Massachusetts, Texas, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina, New Jersey, Nebraska, Washington, Ohio and Florida; as well as Germany, Chile, Denmark, Canada and the United Kingdom.

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