Hackensack Chainsaw Carving Event roars to life

Eagle River, Wisconsin, carver comes out on top of 12 artists

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Chad Danczyk uses an air nozel to clean the dust out of a detailed carving of an American Flag on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022 during the Hackensack Chainsaw Carving event.
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HACKENSACK — Intermittent showers did nothing to hamper the buzz surrounding downtown Hackensack on Sept. 23-25 during the 18th annual Hackensack Chainsaw Carving Event.

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Blow torches are a common tool for coloring carvings during the Hackensack Chainsaw Carving Event, as shown here on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022.
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People came from all around to watch the 12 chainsaw artists work their magic. When not watching the masters at work, there were vendors with food, gifts and more along with the American Lumberjack Show.

Chad Danczyk, of Eagle River, Wisconsin, is the apparent top carver of the event based on auction sales from pieces he carved. There was no shortage of unique works of art at the event.

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A gentle hand with a sanding disk can bring out details on finished carvings, making it a common tool used at the Hackensack Chainsaw Event on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022.
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All the carvings were auctioned Saturday and Sunday. The proceeds from the auction and raffle ticket sales are divided among the carvers and nonprofits who put on the event. Those nonprofits use the funds to support community projects. This year's raffle tickets sold completely out.

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Small chainsaws are employed for many of the more detailed carvings done by competitors at the Hackensack Chainsaw Event as seen here on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022.
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The committee responsible for the event is made up of the city of Hackensack, the Hackensack American Legion Post 202, the Hackensack Chamber of Commerce, the Hackensack Lions and other community organizations.


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Travis Grimler is a staff writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal weekly newspaper in Pequot Lakes/Pine River. He may be reached at 218-855-5853 or

Travis Grimler began work at the Echo Journal Jan. 2 of 2013 while the publication was still split in two as the Pine River Journal and Lake Country Echo. He is a full time reporter/photographer/videographer for the paper and operates primarily out of the northern stretch of the coverage area (Hackensack to Jenkins).
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