Artist Ron Eye, of Vernal, Utah, zeroes in on his sculpture Saturday during the quick-carving demonstration at the 12th annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous.

Photo by Ben McCanna

Artist Ron Eye, of Vernal, Utah, zeroes in on his sculpture Saturday during the quick-carving demonstration at the 12th annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous.

City decides placement of new Whittle the Wood sculptures throughout Craig


Reader poll

How did you feel alcohol sales — instead of bringing your own — went at this year’s Whittle the Wood Rendezvous?

  • It was a good change and helped regulate alcohol consumption. 38%
  • It was a bad change and interrupted my fun. 18%
  • I don’t care either way. 9%
  • I did not attend Whittle the Wood. 35%

301 total votes.

Dave Pike, Craig Parks and Recreation director, said the finished works from this year’s Whittle the Wood Rendezvous have been removed from Craig City Park, delivered to new locations, and will be permanently installed within the next few weeks.

Typically, the carvings would stay at City Park for a longer duration, but two factors intervened, Pike said.

First, the wood used at this year’s event — beetle-kill pine — is prone to cracking. Second, many of this year’s works were delicately carved by artists.

“These particular pieces of woodwork are just kind of dry and susceptible to breaking,” Pike said. “We left them there (at City Park) for a day and we figured we’d better get them out of there before they get beat up.”

Although the park is home to many carvings from years past, distribution to other locations is typical.

In all, there are 90 chainsaw sculptures around Craig and Moffat County. Those locations can be found on an interactive map at

The following is a list of this year’s carvings, their creators and locations for the sculptures:

• “Father Time,” by Sheldon Roberts, inside Craig City Hall, 300 W. Fourth St.

• “Love is a Wonderful Thing,” by Bongo Love, Craig Swimming Complex, 605 Washington St.

• “The Passion of the Pack,” by Forrest Dorman, the new Colorado Northwestern Community College campus, 2801 W. Ninth St.

• “Ultimate Sacrifice,” by Faye Braaten, Craig Cemetery

• “Pond Dwellers,” by Ken Braun, Alice Pleasant Park in downtown Craig

• “Irreconcilable,” by Ron Eye, Moffat County Fairgrounds, 640 E. Victory Way

• “Pecos Bill,” by Mark Mahorney, Dinosaur Welcome Center, 101 Stegosaurus Freeway, Dinosaur (tentative)

• “From Nederland with Love,” by Jon Parker, Finley Lane

• “Vision Quest,” by Mark Rexinger, Yampa Valley Golf Course, 2179 Colorado Highway 394

• “High Water,” by Chad Stratton, Yampa River State Park, 6185 U.S. Highway 40, Hayden (tentative)

• “Stop Global Warming,” by Robert Waits, Moffat County Ice Arena, 500 S. Ranney St.

Pike said consideration was given to each sculpture’s theme when finding placement.

“For instance, ‘Ultimate Sacrifice’ is a tribute to veterans, so we thought putting it up at the cemetery where the veterans are buried would be really nice,” he said.

Pike said the most fragile carvings would be placed at the safest locations.

For instance, “Father Time,” a carving that resembles a grandfather clock standing on four slender legs, will be moved indoors at Craig City Hall.

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btyjo77 5 years, 9 months ago

I think it's really sad that the art work has already been moved, some people who do not attend like to go to the park the following week or so to look at the carvings. :(


lonelyone 5 years, 9 months ago

I agree, btyjo77, but I'd also hate for anything to happen to these carvings. Another thing that bothers me and I really don't know if anything different could be done, is when the city comes in and puts a sealer coat on these things, they ruin the look of the piece. They use a brown stain and sealer, cover the whole darn thing with it and by doing that, they also ruin the look of the carving somewhat. I wish they could figure out something else to use or another way to do it, but I also realize they are just trying to protect the artwork.


George Robertson 5 years, 9 months ago

They gave a list of where all 11 of the carvings are to be placed, and with a metropolis as Huge as Craig it would take you hour to go see all of them. They also indicate Good reasons for relocating them rapidly..... remember the rifle that was on the one at the VFW???


Jon Pfeifer 5 years, 9 months ago

Can I borrow your car nimrod? Somehow you can make it to Hayden and Dinosaur in an hour. My car won't get me there that fast. I think the city has chosen great locations for these carvings, especially global warming, the ultimate sacrifice, and love is a wonderful thing. I'm not sure the sealer is what makes these carvings turn yellow. Pine yellows with age. I agree that the freshly carved look is very appealing. Congratulations to all the artists!


George Robertson 5 years, 9 months ago

oops, good point, I forgot to include the suburbs.


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