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Hackensack chain saw event is Sept. 27-29

Ten professional chain saw carvers will start creating art from logs in Hackensack at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 27, in the city park during the ninth annual chain saw carving event in Hackensack.

The 10 carvers come from Iowa, Nebraska and Minnesota this year.

The event will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27 and 28, and from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, Sept. 29. At 1 p.m. Sept. 29, the works of art will be put up for auction, so bidders may purchase the carving they want most with a winning bid.

Joe Semler, a repeat artist, has carved for seven years, the past two as a full-time job. Semler makes and sells custom log furniture as well as chain saw carvings from a shop just north of Princeton. He does custom carvings for people who want something specific.

Former log home builder Ethan Elgersma from Kelliher now carves full time from his garage. He likes to capture the wildlife surrounding his northern Minnesota area. He creates art from what he sees in nature and has carved from pine logs, burls and even driftwood. This is the first time he will attend the event.

In addition to wildlife statues, carvers also make benches. And this year, the quick carves return to the event, in which the carvers must create a carving within one hour, 15 minutes.

The event also includes food vendors and artisans displaying a variety of other handcrafted items and there are daily shows by the All American Lumberjack show.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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