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Chainsaw Carving Competition

April 15, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm


New event!

Join us as Tuckerton Seaport hosts Carve Wars, an epic chainsaw carving compeition on April 14 & 15, 2018. This festival will feature carvers from New Jersey, Colorado, and Pennsylvania. We will also have decoy carving and blacksmithing demonstrations.

Watch quick carve demos where giant logs are turned into works of art. All items carved on site will be auctioned off on Sunday.

Enjoy food trucks & craft beer, while you listen to the music of Gary Phillips on Saturday and Nectar and Ambrosia on Sunday.

Admission for this 2 day festival is $10 (free for kids under 5 and Seaport Members).


The first 2,000 people through the gate will be automatically entered to win this bear carving. Must be present on Sunday at 3pm to win!







Meet the Carvers:

Joe Wenal:
“I grew up in Cedar Run, NJ up until I joined the Army. After the Army, I lived in Alaska, Arizona, Upstate NY, and I now call New Castle, Colorado home. I have been carving full time for about four years now. Awards – 1st Place Frederick 2017 – 2nd Place Frederick 2016 – 2nd Place Rifle Co 2015 -3rd Place CARVE WARS Rifle 2017. I am the organizer of CARVE WARS and I am super excited with all the very talented carvers we have booked for the show. And I am also very excited to be carving at the Tuckerton Seaport. I think it’s going to be a great venue. I would also like to say thank you for all the kind words about the carving I did on South Green Street.”

Joe Srholez:
Joe grew up in Sussex County NJ, then moved to Colorado in ’89 to snowboard. He started building log homes in ’99 and he began carving more and more over the years, and eventually became a full time carver in 2016 . Joe’s first competition was CARVE WARS in Rifle, Colorado last year. He has also competed at Frederick, and whittle the wood in Craig Co. You can see more of his work at Sweetwater Trading Post on Facebook.

Wyatt Harrison:
Wyatt is one of the two carvers competing in the competition that call NJ home. You can find Wyatt and his business WJH Chainsaw Carvings in Hewitt, NJ. He has been a woodworker for 15 years and carving for two. This will be Wyatt’s first competition and by looking at his super cute bears he’s gonna do great. You can see more of Wyatt’s work on his website wjhchainsawcarving.com.

Brian Ackmonster Ackley:
Brian is a 3rd generation sawyer with the family saw mill, he served with the Marines, and he is 48 years young. Brian has been carving for 19 years and has won many awards including a 1st place carvers choice, and a 3rd place quick carve at blue ridge GA 2011. He also took 2nd place in Addison MD and 3rd at Tupper Lake 03. Brian is one of two carvers in the competition that call NJ home. He lives in Bridgeton NJ , and the name of his business is Ackmonsters Chainsaw Art.

Tom Ceriani:
Tom has been carving for 17 years and has won 6 quick carve competitions among others. Tom calls Pennsylvania home, which is where you can find T and D Carvings. Tom is one of the more experienced carvers that will be competing at the Tuckerton Seaport this April. I’m sure his masterpiece carving will be awesome, and with his quick carve skills he will have at least two quick carve pieces if not more available in the auction along with his maste piece carving as well.


April 15, 2018
11:00 am - 5:00 pm



Tuckerton, NJ 08087 United States + Google Map