Highlands & Islands

Wood work: Images from Carrbridge's chainsaw contest

The annual Scottish Open Chainsaw Carving Championships - also known as Carve Carr-Bridge - was held on Saturday at Carrbridge in the Cairngorms National Park.

Moffat-based Pete Bowsher won the coveted Claymore Trophy for the second year in a row with his cowboy carving I Told You To Draw.

Iain Chalmers, of North Kessock, came second and Tim Burgess, from Cheshire, third. Mr Chalmers also won the people's choice award.

Best new entrant was Jason Stoner and the carvers' choice award went to Tim Klock. Both are from the USA.

The championships in the small village of Carrbridge, near Aviemore, have been held for more than 10 years.

This year's competition was contested by 23 entrants, who sculpted their way through a total of 40 logs.

About 2,500 spectators watched an international line-up of carvers.

As well as entrants from close to home such as Carrbridge's Alice Buttress - one of three women competing - other entrants travelled from England, Wales, Ireland, Germany, the USA and Canada.

Event organiser Gavin Gerrard said: "This is the 12th year for Carve Carr-Bridge and I am always amazed at how every year the judges have a tougher and tougher job on their hands."

"The level of carving that we see is outstanding," said Mr Gerrard.

The event organiser added: "I'd like to congratulate Pete on his win here today and would like to say a massive thank you to all our supporters, volunteers and our fantastic judges."