Outdoor Equipment Distributors, Inc., a Raleigh, N.C.-based wholesale distributor of outdoor power equipment, including Echo, recently announced that the second annual “Carving for the Cure” raised more than $5,200 for the local Susan G. Komen Northwest North Carolina chapter.
This money will provide 52 free mammograms for women who may not have been able to afford them otherwise.
The event took place May 1-3, 2014, at the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market in Colfax, N.C. Fourteen carvers from around the country created pieces of art from blocks of wood, using chain saws and hand tools.
Thousands of spectators watched the carvers sculpt, and more than 1,700 voted for their favorite sponsorship carving.
Joe Armstrong of Carolina Carvings in Summerville, S.C., took home top honors with his lighthouse sculpture (pictured below).
Awards were also given to carvers based on the dollar amounts their carvings earned through sculpture sales during the event and at the live auction on May 3. Ron Knight of Bearman Chainsaw Art in Concord, N.C., won an Echo CS-590 TimberWolf chain saw for being the top money earner. Second place went to Aaron Booker of Bookersbears in Albertville, Ala. A tie for third went to Chap Nelson of Chaptacular Chainsaw Art in Gray, Ga., and Corey Lancaster of Boon Hill Gallery in Princeton, N.C. Tim Klock of Chainsaw Carvings by Tim in Altoona, Pa., took fifth place. All winners took home an Echo chain saw.
Echo Outdoor Power Equipment; Joe’s Tractor Sales in Thomasville, N.C.; and the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market were the primary sponsors of the event.