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Bonis present chainsaw carving Rendezvous history

February 25, 2014

Photo by Greg Reedy – The Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous is in full force all week in downtown Ridgway.

On Monday morning, Liz and Rick Boni, founders of Ridgway's annual Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous, gave a presentation on the history of the Rendezvous, from its humble beginnings in 1999 to the internationally-known event it has become in its 15th year.
"Right off the bat it was kind of an international flavor," said Liz Boni of the 1999 gathering.
The Bonis contacted Dennis Heath, a carver based out of the United Kingdom, and Holger Baer, a German artist, to see if they would be interested in coming to Ridgway and joining the then-small group of chainsaw sculptors for what would become the first of a string of carving Rendezvous.
Both expressed their interest, and joined by a few other carvers, the Rendezvous was born.

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