Each year organizers of the Ridgway Chainsaw Rendezvous offer morning seminars to both carvers and anyone interested in attending and learning more about the intricacies of the industry.
Seminar speakers offer a vast array of advice, tips and tricks. Many also welcome comments from fellow carvers as to what their experience has been regarding the specific topic at hand.
The first seminar on Monday featured Brad Bemis of North Brookfield, Mass., who spoke on "All About Wood," followed by Pat Holbert of Dalton, Ohio, who demonstrated how to make human faces.
Holbert, a former American history teacher, has attended every Rendezvous. He said he knew at age six that he wanted to work with wood.
He added that what has impressed him about attending the Rendezvous is carvers helping other carvers.
"The constant is everybody can learn. The variable is time," Holbert said. "What appeals to me about carving is there aren't a lot of rules and that any approach is okay. We all come from different backgrounds, including loggers, doctors, artists, etc. We have people from all over the world who come here to learn. Find what's good for you."
He stated 50 percent of any carving is a great design, 40 percent is having correct and sharp tools and 10 percent is getting help or a carver's talent level.
"If you try to improve, you're going to improve. Try to do difficult things and don't be afraid to lose, losing is not failure. You only fail when you quit," Holbert said.
Pick up a copy of the Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.