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The Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous, and the chainsaw carving art form itself has evolved over the years.
Many of the carvers convening in downtown Ridgway were once humble beginners, creating mushrooms and bears from random logs. The mantra of late, however, seems to be "Go big or go home," as carvers continuously try to get better and better, and take on projects of seemingly epic proportions.
A prime example is Scott Dow, owner of Animalistic Chainsaw Carving Studio along U.S. Route 6 in Corry.
Dow arrived in Ridgway with a head-turning masterpiece: a large dinosaur greeting passersby along Main Street in the Country Squirrel Outfitters parking lot.
"I bought a couple of pine trees and they were laid out in my parking lot [in Corry]," Dow said. "I saw how big they were and one of them looked like a dinosaur head to me, so that was it, plus I loved dinosaurs when I was a kid."