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Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous

Bob and I attended the annual Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous, held in Ridgway, PA, for the first time last year. We were amazed by the exceptional beauty of the chainsaw sculptures and made it a point to attend this year’s event. The 13th annual Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous began today, February 18, and runs through Saturday, February 25.

Carved Motorcycle

The hot seat!

Carving in Progress

Punxsutawney Phil

Bob with some carvings

Truck load of wood

 

When I saw this sculpture

I was reminded of how Bob dressed for a Halloween party a couple years ago.

Halloween Party 2009

The Highlight of the Day

In my previous blog post, I shared with you photographs of chainsaw art. Although the art was amazing to see, attending the Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous was not the highlight of my day. The highlight of my day was meeting Gretchen.

Gretchen and I knew each other only in cyberspace, until yesterday.

Gretchen and I

Gretchen is a fellow blogger. She discovered my blog via a photograph that I had posted of Warren, PA — my hometown. Warren isn’t far from where Gretchen lives. Gretchen and I began exchanging comments on each others’ blogs. You may find Gretchen’s blog by clicking here. We became friends on Facebook. We talked about getting together for a cup of coffee one day. That day came yesterday, when Bob and I attended the Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous. We didn’t have a cup of coffee. We did, however, enjoy walking among the extraordinary works of art at the Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous as we began bonding our heretofore cyberspace friendship into a real-life friendship. The bonding process continued, as we shared lunch at Patalano’s Place II, a local Italian restaurant.

Gretchen, I am so glad that our paths crossed on the Internet. Bob and I both were happy to make your acquaintance in person. I am looking forward to our next meeting!

You may read Gretchen’s account of our meeting by clicking here. You may view some of the photographs that Gretchen took, while at the Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous by clicking here.

Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous

Yesterday Bob and I attended the 12th annual Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous in Ridgway, PA. It was our first time attending this event. You can read all about the Rendezvous by clicking here, which will take you to the official rendezvous website.

I prepared a slideshow for you to see the pictures that I took at the rendezvous. Be prepared to be amazed, as I was, by the exceptional beauty of chainsaw sculptures.

The rendezvous, although very nice, was not the highlight of the day. Stay tuned for my next blog post for the highlight of my day.

Enchanted Woodlins

On Saturday I wrote about driving to Brookville, Pennsylvania to buy a pair of work boots for Bob. After we left Jack’s Boot Shop, we didn’t drive straight home. As Brookville is a 60-mile drive from our house, we decided to make a day out of it.

After shopping at Jack’s Boot Shop, we ate lunch at Plyler’s Buffet & Family Restaurant. The restaurant is located in Brookville too. We both ate from the buffet, which provided a wide variety of country-style cooked food, salads and dessert. The food quality was excellent; everything tasted very good. I did have one complaint though. Three of the hot food selections were not hot throughout The food temperature of those three selections was differing levels of lukewarm to hot. As we were checking out, I mentioned my disappointment with the cashier. She took 15% off our bill. I wasn’t looking for a discount on our meals. I just wanted to make her aware of the problem. It was good customer service to apply a discount to our meals. We would eat there again.

We didn’t go straight home after lunch. We drove home by way of Ridgway and Kane, which added approximately 30 miles to our day’s drive. We have driven through Ridgway numerous times while on our way to visit relatives in Virginia or to go to my brother’s camp near St. Marys. We’ve stopped a couple times in Ridgway but only to get gas and eat at a couple restaurants. We stopped in Ridgway for a short time on Saturday. We walked a couple blocks down and back up the main street.

Ridgway, Pennsylvania is a borough in and the county seat of Elk Country.

Elk County Courthouse

When driving through Ridgway I have always admired the wood carvings that line the street. I photographed several of these wood carvings during Saturday’s walk.  The wood carvings are are known as “Enchanted Woodlins” and include animals, totem poles, and other sculptures.

Totem Pole

an Enchanted Woodlin

an Enchanted Woodlin

an Enchanted Woodlin

an Enchanted Woodlin

an Enchanted Woodlin

 

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