Eye On the Prize - Chetwynd, British Columbia
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N 55° 41.782 W 121° 38.117
10U E 585777 N 6173131
Quick Description: Eye On the Prize is one of several carvings in what is known as Carvers Row located at the corner of 53 St. NW and John Hart Hwy. near A&W.
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 5/25/2021 6:00:38 AM
Waymark Code: WM149KD
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Jake39
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Long Description:
Chetwynd "Chainsaw Sculpture Capitol of the World".

Chetwynd was once known as “Little Prairie” but with the coming of the Pacific Great Eastern Railroad in 1957, the name of the community was changed to Chetwynd in honor of the Minister in charge of railroads, Ralph Chetwynd. In 1962 Chetwynd became incorporated as a Village and has approximately 2,500 residents.

Each year in June, Chetwynd holds its annual Chetwynd International Chainsaw Carving Championship where master chainsaw carvers from around the world compete. There are now around 200 chainsaw carvings displayed throughout the community.

Chetwynd International Chainsaw Carving Championship began with the commissioning in December, 1990 of a chainsaw carving of three bears to master carver, Terry McKinnon from Vancouver. The bears grace the Chetwynd welcome sign along Highway 97. That commission, and the staging of a chainsaw carving competition in 1992 were part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the creation of the Alaska Highway.

It wasn't until 2005 that Chetwynd went ahead with the idea of making it an annual affair, holding the first annual Chetwynd International Chainsaw Carving Championship. Some of the world's best chainsaw carvers have attended the event, which is by invitation only.

Chetwynd International Chainsaw Carving Championship is now Chetwynd's major tourist attraction and its major annual festival. While the competition itself takes place over four days, the festival itself becomes a week long party.

In 2015, talented master craver, Ryan Cook created this diver about to make the catch of the day. The Eye On the Prize is about 9 feet in height and shows details of the reef and a large sea bass.

The plaque reads:

Eye On the Prize
Ryan Cook
Britannia Beach, BC, Canada
2015 Chainsaw Carving Championship

Type of wood carving: Chainsaw carving

Artist's Name: Ryan Cook

Approximate size/height: 9'

Type of wood: Generally soft green wood

Other type: Not listed

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