Annual Show Carves Out a Summer Tradition in Cook Forest

COOKSBURG, Pa. (EYT) – People have carved wood for thousands of years.

Many did it for practical purposes, such as a Native American carving fish hooks or pipes.

Wood carving is often found in architecture.

Many carve wood for the sake of art and competition, which is what will take place this weekend at Cook Forest’s Sawmill Center. The center is hosting its 33rd Annual Woodcarving Show and Competition on Saturday and Sunday.

It runs from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.

“We have competitors coming in from all over the state and surrounding states and the caliber of work is outstanding,” Sawmill Center Executive Director Karen Hazlett said. “We have one entry that is really eye-catching.

“It’s four feet tall with little ledges and on them are the male and female species of hummingbirds found in North America.

“Everyone is really going to enjoy the show,” Hazlett said.

The show will feature wood and carving-related vendors, contests, and live demonstrations.

There will also be soap carving for kids.

The extraordinary talent of artists from across the region will be on display in the show area.

Prizes will be awarded in many categories of this traditional art form that is reaching new heights.

The Phoenix (pictured above), carved by Rich Waltz of Leechburg, was the 2016 “Peoples Choice Award.”

Vendors will be available to sell their wares, and artists will display and demonstrate their work.

It is free to visit the vendor area; however, there is a $2.00 per person charge to view the show.

For more information, visit Sawmill.org.


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