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Chainsaw Carving to Be Featured at Harner Farm

by and on July 12, 2017 5:00 AM

Harner Farm will again be playing host to a chainsaw carving festival Friday and Saturday with a portion of the proceeds to benefit Centre County PAWS.

The saws will be roaring starting at 10 a.m. both days, to be capped off with an auction at 2 p.m. July 15 at the farm, located at the intersection of West College and Whitehall roads in State College. Visitors will be able to view work until 5 p.m. on both days, and have the option to buy some pieces directly from the carvers.

Dan Harner said last year’s inaugural event went well and this year’s will feature an expanded list of carvers.

“I think everyone had a good time,” Harner said of the 2016 event. “There were some excellent carvers out here. What they can do with a piece of wood is kind of amazing, actually.”

The chainsaw wielders will be cutting on white pine, which is a softer wood that’s easier to work with.

They’ll produce creations that are one solid piece of wood, and at auction can go for less than $100 all the way up to $1,000 or more, depending on the item and who is willing to bid on it.

This year, Harner said he is expecting between 15 and 20 carvers.

There’s no charge for parking out at Harner Farm, and visitors can expect the comforts of concession stands and access to the rest of the market.

“We’re set up to handle crowds of people, which we do in the fall,” Harner said. “So this isn’t a gigantic change from what we normally do or what we’re used to here.”

Harner said the farm has always had a PAWS donation box, and they seemed like a good fit for the event. PAWS volunteers will be on hand over the weekend, pitching in with traffic direction and other tasks.

Centre County PAWS has been helping to find homes for cats and dogs since 1980, according to its website. It also provides training for the necessities of pet ownership and education on issues such as a pet overpopulation. It does not euthanize pets and are aided by contributions and a team of volunteers. 

This story was produced by the staff at the Centre County Gazette. It was re-published with permission. The Centre County Gazette is a weekly publication, available at many locations around Centre County every Thursday morning.

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