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The chainsaws are buzzing. The wood chips flying. Bill Mitton and Rick Frels are Carving For A Cause. The two men are artists. They are self taught, accomplished chainsaw artists.

Both men have been carving for about ten years. They are always trying to make that perfect cut. Rick likes to work with harder wood. He says it allows for more detail.

The artists hope to create pieces with expression and intricate detail. Some of Bill's finished pieces include a moose, hawk, bear, and farmer. He and Rick have carved a few hundred pieces over the years.

The gas powered saws weigh anywhere from about eight to fifteen pounds. Smaller saws make for more detailed cuts. The larger saws are for straight cuts.

Yes, sometimes there is a glitch along the way. No big deal, the artists say. Those mistakes can be converted into an entirely different piece from what the artist had originally intended.

The two men will be among several chainsaw artists demonstrating their skills at the Chainsaw Carving Rendezvous in Davenport on May 18th. The pieces that they create will be auctioned off at various establishments around the Quad Cities. Proceeds will benefit non-profit organizations in the area.   

The rendezvous will take place at the Iowa Machine Shed Restaurant from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Over the past seven years, the artists have made over 200 carvings and raised almost thirty five thousand dollars for charity.

 

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