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Australian Chainsaw Carving Championships

Australian Chainsaw Carving Championships

Chainsaw carving is a creative form of art combining contemporary technology with older manual techniques.

Visitors touring Dandenong Ranges in January will be treated to the exhilarating Carving championships which are held at this time every year. Touted as one of Victoria’s most popular attractions, the carving championships attract chainsaw carvers from Australia, Japan, America and the UK.

Chainsaw Carving Championships Australia 2019 Dates, Times, Address

The chainsaw is to these carvers what a brush is to a painter, the most important tool of their art. It is fascinating to watch how effortlessly these talented sculptors carve out pieces of logs into masterpiece works of art. The most amazing thing is that at the end of the Australian Chainsaw Carving Championships, the pieces are auctioned onsite.

In 2018, the theme for the competition is ‘The Garden’. In previous years, the competitors have included: Robby Bast (Victoria), Brandon Kroon (Victoria), Jeff Samudosky (USA), Angie Polglaze (Victoria), Hikaru Kodama (Japan), Matt Bird (Queensland), Molly Wiste (Minnesota), Martin Komarek (Czech Republic) and Rodger Hannemann (Queensland).

Proceeds from the auction are then channelled to a charity organisation known as Beyondblue. Beyondblue creates awareness for a number of mental conditions such as depression and anxiety.

The Australian Chainsaw Carving Championships start at 9am each day and run until around 5pm. Stick around on the last day for the auction as you certainly won’t want to miss out purchasing a beautifully carved souvenir as a reminder of the amazing time spent in Mount Dandenong.


TBA - January 2019 No details have been released as of yet, so it may not be taking place in 2019

Event Times

Previous Years' Times

Tue: 12pm - 5pm
Wed: 9am - 5pm
Thur: 9am - 5pm
Fri: 9am - 3:45pm
Sat: 9am - 5pm (Official end to the competition)
Sun: 9am - 1pm (speed carving and sculptures available to purchase)
Sun: 1:30pm winners announced


SkyHigh Mt Dandenong


26 Observatory Rd
Mt Dandenong, VIC

Contact Details

(03) 9751 0443


Free entry
Parking: $6.00


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    • Hi John,

      I can’t seem to find any information just yet on dates for the 2019 event, nor can I see from previous years when the dates had been released.

      I check all of the official sources on a regular basis and will update my website as soon as it’s available.


    • Hi Pam,

      The Australian Chainsaw Carving Championships are spread over five days where the competitors will use three different saws to produce various works.

      On the sixth day, the carvers will spend the morning ‘speedcarving’ some smaller sculptures, after which you can buy their sculptures and the winners of the competition get announced.

      So I am not sure if any previous works will be available for purchase on the Wednesday, but you can certainly chat to to the sculptors to see if they have anything available.

      Best regards,

  • We have a beautiful tall ironbark stump in our Ivanhoe East backyard, which we would like a skilled artist to carve. Do you have a recommended list or other suggestions as to how we could find the right person?

    • Hi George,

      I have attached a link which will point you to the names of last years winners (Victorian carvers came 1st and 2nd this year). http://www.skyhighmtdandenong.com.au/contestants.aspx. Check out the pictures of their work, which should give you an indication of their skill level.

      I would suggest contacting the event organisers on (03) 9751 0443 who may be able to provide contact details for the artists you would like to speak to.

      All the best in finding the perfect artist!


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