Chaptacular 2017 – Chainsaw Carving Event

Chaptacular 2017 Chainsaw Carving EventChaptacular is a yearly event held in Jones County just a few miles northeast of Gray, GA. This event is off the beaten path, but well worth the day to travel and see these incredible chainsaw carving artist perform and show their works.

Chaptacular is touted as the second largest chainsaw carving event held in North American. Chaptacular was created in 2006 and held as as a fund raising event for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. This year’s event had over 90 chainsaw carvers participate with the funds generated to support this very worthy cause.

I have a close friend who is a chainsaw carver and he suggested we go and see the carvers in action. On this crisp November morning we were able to interview a number of the carvers, watch them work at their booth, as well as experience the 1 hour Quick Carve Contest. The contest was amazing, watching these chainsaw carvers in action, taking a rough log and turning it into a piece of art in 1 hour.

Chainsaw carvers travel from all over North America for this event. In the video below we show some of the chainsaw carving art from the weekend, interview a number of the carvers and present highlights from the Quick Carve Event. This was truly a unique experience. The carvers were so friendly, happy to talk about their art and yes, their RV travels. Some participate in chainsaw carving events only a couple of times a year, others represent their carving shops back home, to those who travel week-to-week, carving and selling their art. All were so friendly, happy to share their story, their amazing art and so willing to support this worthy cause.

As you travel through Georgia next year, enjoying the fall leaves, stop for the day at next year’s Chaptacular – a great cause and a ton of fun!

As always, I Love RV Life, Jerry

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Chaptacular 2017 – Chainsaw Carving Event – http://www.chaptacular.org/

RV parks close to the Chaptacular:
Lake Tobesofkee Recreation Area – http://laketobo.maconbibb.us/camping/
Forsyth KOA – https://koa.com/campgrounds/forsyth/
L & D RV Park – http://www.rvparkforsythga.com/

Music by: [No Copyright Music] ON AND ON – Nicolai Heidlas Music – https://youtu.be/Skxx0KnGGHw

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