Top chainsaw carvers confirmed for Peebles Wood Market

The top three chainsaw carvers from this year’s Scottish Championships have now confirmed they are to attend the Peebles Wood Market.

There will now be 12 of the UK’s best chainsaw carvers at the ‘Carvefest!’ event which will be held right over the weekend. All the expert carvers will be working on their own large scale wooden sculptures for the public to see.

The attendance of the top carvers is an added boost to the popular Peebles Wood Market which is celebrating its 10th anniversary. 

This year, Woodland Trust Scotland is sponsoring the event which is held on the weekend 24th & 25 October.

Recently crowned Scottish Chainsaw Carving Champion is Pete Bowsher, a Canadian forester now based in Moffat. Pete said:

"Having been a regular at Peebles Wood Market for many years I'm delighted that this year I'm going to be joined by so many other chainsaw carvers who will be making their first appearance at this continually growing event.

"Having so many great chainsaw carvers in action will help to add a real buzz to the whole Wood Market weekend!”

Close 2nd at the Scottish Championships was Arbroath’s Tom Harris-Ward who has been working hard behind the scenes to bring  Carvefest! to Peebles. He added:

 “Sculptures are likely to include beautiful birds, animals and human figures, some of them carved into unique garden seats and benches. I’d definitely encourage folk to come along and take this unique opportunity to bid for something amazing that they’ve been able to watch take shape over the weekend.”

3rd placed Gary Shand will also be among the dozen or so chainsaw carvers coming to Peebles.

Speaking on behalf of event organisers the Treefest Partnership, Forestry Commission Scotland's Iain Laidlaw said:

"This new chainsaw carving extravaganza seemed like a really fitting way to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of the increasingly popular Wood Market. As well as providing a fascinating spectacle for visitors the impressive carvings will add to the wide range of homegrown wood products for sale at both the indoor and outdoor sections of the Wood Market.”

Carvefest! will run alongside the outdoor section of the Wood Market on Tweed Green, just off Peebles High Street.

The carvers will work on large sections of big spruce trees from nearby Tweed Valley Forest Park, moved to Tweed Green using specialist timber harvesting machines and a large timber lorry. The chainsaw carvers will be busy crafting their works of art from 10.30am to 4.30pm on Saturday 24th and again from 10.30am on Sunday 25th October, culminating in a public auction of their creations at 3pm on the Sunday.

Throughout the weekend they will also be selling carvings that they have made previously. Commissions will be considered and enquiries can be made via

Also on Tweed Green will be a mobile sawmill in action, sawn products including cladding and flooring for sale, discover bodging, try your hand at making a wooden spoon, bat box or make a traditional witches broom for Halloween.

The indoor section of the Wood Market is nearby in the spacious hall at Peebles Community Centre. It will provide an ideal place to buy furniture to firewood, sawn timber to toys and pretty much everything in between.

For the family there’s lots of hands on children’s activities and entertainment including the magical Woodland Puppets, wooden animal making and the Nail It competition. The Scottish Conker Championships on the Saturday (competitors and spectators welcome) and Peebles Food Festival run alongside the outdoor section of the Wood Market on Tweed Green.

Notes to editors

1.    Peebles Wood Market, Carvefest!, Scottish Conker Championships and the rest of Tweed Valley Forest Festival is organised and funded by Treefest Partners including Forestry Commission Scotland, Borders Forest Trust, Woodland Trust Scotland, Wooplaw Community Wood, Buccleuch Ranger Service and Scottish Borders Council. Further details on these and other Tweed Valley Forest Festival events at  or phone 07801 308991.

2.  Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry Directorate.

3.  Tha Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba na phàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh na h-Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba. Tha e an urra ri riaghladh agus cumail maoineachadh is comhairle ri coilltearachd ann an Alba. Tha Iomairt Choilltean na h-Alba na fo-bhuidheann aig Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba a tha a’ ruith Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta.

4.  Media enquiries to Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6508 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.