Presented by the Prince George Agricultural and Historical Association

Chainsaw Competition

The 2016 BCNE featured Randy Gauthier and the Prince George Chain Saw Carving Competition!

The Carvers:

Liam Tromans:

Liam was born in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and has been painting and exploring nature since his childhood. A professional logger for over 25 years, he began carving in his spare time 15 years ago. In 2012, he started carving full time and hasn’t looked back.

Liam’s accomplishments include: placing 3rd at Powell River, 1st place at The Spirit of Wood Festival in Maple Ridge BC in 2009, and 1st at the Atlantic Chainsaw Carving Championship in Fredericton in 2013.

Levi Caya:

Levi Caya is a sculptor from Ontario, Canada who specializes in Canada’s wildlife with specific interest in birds of prey and game fish.

Levi first became interested in carving when his grandfather started teaching him, and he has been carving now for more than 15 years.

Over the years Steven Kenzora and Fred Primeau met Levi and recognized his passion for carving. This turned into wonderful friendships, and with Fred becoming Levi’s co-op teacher.

Levi has travelled to great carving events all over Canada and Europe. He has won many Canadian events and has even placed at one international event. Levi’s main medium is wood but he has also worked in stone, ice, and pumpkins.

Ryan Cook:

Ryan is an actor-turned carver who, in just a few short years has managed to get a sponsorship deal with Echo Chainsaws, and compete at the World Carving Championships—one of only 4 Canadians to get invited this year. Pioneer wants to take a chance on this dark horse, but Ryan’s goofball reputation precedes him, and the Timber Kings are still a little unsure if they’ve made the right choice bringing him onto the team. Ryan may be a newly minted world champion—but nobody at Pioneer cares. He’ll have to prove himself in the yard, just like everyone else.

Paul Frenette:

Paul Frenette of Kitchner, Ontario has been carving for over 10 years. Paul is a good example of a freak occurrence that led him down the path to tree sculptures. With a background in computer networking systems and electrical engineering, his woodworking career started one weekend when someone stole a statue from his garden. As luck would have it, he was cutting firewood at the time of the theft so he took his anger out on the wood and created a face. And so his passion for Carving began… His favourite carving theme is Fantasy sculptures, gargoyles, dragons and wizards. Paul competes in world class competitions around the world such as US Open and THE CHAINSAW ART COMPETITION IN TOEI, JAPAN , Carving for Cancer in London, Ontario, Canadian Chainsaw Championships for Easter Seals in London Ontario and Maple Madness in Saskatchewan to name a few. He is a Pro Chainsaw Carver and TV personality on Carver Kings.

Bernd Winter:

Bernd was born in Thale, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany. He has a Masters in Carpentry, and in 1993 he took over his father’s carpentry operation.

Since 2008 Bernd has been carving with a chainsaw. He enjoys carving abstract, human, and animal sculptures. He participates in around 15-20 events at home and abroad every year.

Derome, Sweden 2014 1st Place Peoples Choice and 1st Place Speed Carving

Kargowa, Poland 2011-2013 1st Place Speed Carving

VX. Zawody Drwali , Niedzwiedz 2015 (PL) 1st Place Speed Carving

Roger Malter:

Roger is from Gonnersdorf, Germany, and he is an international carver. He has carved in many different countries including: Namibia, Norway, Poland, Holland, Belgium, England, USA, and Canada. Recently he placed 8th in a Germany Speed Carving Competition.

Jacob Frenette:

Jacob is the son of Carver Kings master carver Paul Frenette. Jacob caught the carving bug at age 13 when he began assisting his dad at carving competitions. Now 21, it’s time for Jacob to decide what he wants to do with his life, and Paul is hoping that the time his son spends at Pioneer will help him figure out whether becoming a pro carver or not – all while dealing with the pressure of not embarrassing his dad on the Pioneer yard…

Randy Gauthier:

A rising Canadian Carver with incredible talent. He competes in high level competitions and has placed many times.

Marina Cole:

I am Marina Cole from Medicine Hat, Alberta. Always having the love for art since I was young. I had tried many mediums to find what I was searching for such as painting, drawing, sculpting. I had one day seen a carving of a dragon from Japan and immediately fell in love.

My journey with wood carving started around four years ago where I would use hand tools to create whatever I felt was in the piece of wood I was working with.In April I was lucky enough to run into a great chainsaw carver who took me under his wing and showed me my way around the saw. Ever since I’ve been creating as much as I can. Having my family by my side for the journey.

In June I had entered my first competition as a novice and had been voted Campbell Rivers Carvers Choice alongside the amazing carver JR Henderson.