Craig Daily Press launches Whittle the Wood website
January 10, 2011
The Craig Daily Press, in partnership with the City of Craig and YampaGeo, recently announced the launch of a new website dedicated to the promotion of the annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous.
The site, http://www.whittlethewood.com, offers visitors a unique new way to experience year-round the sculptures created by professional chainsaw carvers during the festival, Daily Press Publisher Bryce Jacobson said.
"In the past, when people came to Craig we had some ability to tell them where the statues are, but nothing printable or visual," Jacobson said of the sculptures, many of which are displayed at various places around the city. "With the Carving Tour on this website, we are able to provide an interactive map that shows people where the statues are located."
In addition to mapping the sculptures, visitors can click on a location to learn who carved the sculpture, that person's hometown, the year the carving was made and a written description of its location, along with a sponsor.
There is also a picture index for virtual tours, as well as lodging and eatery information for out-of-town guests, Jacobson said.
"It gives visitors an opportunity to spend time in town and see what's left after Whittle the Wood," he said.
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"Equally as exciting" as the interactive map, Jacobson said, is a link to a downloadable pdf map of the Carving Tour, including a brochure highlighting the different locations as well as the 2011 Whittle the Wood Rendezvous.
"The printable map gives people an idea of where the carvings are as they move around the city," Jacobson said.
The site, owned by the Daily Press, was created by the newspaper working with the City of Craig and contracting YampaGeo, a local GIS and mapping solutions business owned by area resident Josh Lowe.
The Daily Press thanked the City of Craig and YampaGeo as well as the 40 local businesses and three individuals that helped fund the creation of the site.
All of the sponsors are listed on a tree found in the sponsor section of the website, with major contributors filling in the trunk of the tree and other sponsors filling in the leaves in addition to the representation on the virtual tour.
The sponsors' advertisements on the site are also linked to their respective profiles at http://www.explorecraig.com, the online marketplace operated by the Daily Press.
Jacobson also encouraged those interested in the Whittle the Wood Rendezvous to link the new website to their own personal or business sites.
"This website was designed and built to drive traffic to our community — we now have a worldwide presence for this growing event," Jacobson said. "I am excited that the Daily Press was able to build these partnerships that will benefit the entire community."