Marc Colp won second place at the 2021 Hope Chainsaw Carving Competition. (Submitted photo)

Marc Colp won second place at the 2021 Hope Chainsaw Carving Competition. (Submitted photo)

Ontario-based carver wins Hope Chainsaw Carving Competition with chief’s head

Four-day competition brought in carvers from across Canada, one from U.S.

All eyes were on Levi Caya’s masterfully carved sculpture this weekend in Hope.

Over the course of the 2021 Hope Chainsaw Carving Competition, Caya created the bust of a tall First Nation chief with a feathered headdress and claws on his neckline. On the back of the statue, he carved an owl. His carving also earned him the People’s Choice Award – Professional.

He travelled to the competition from Ontario, where he has a shop. He travels to competitions around the world.

In second place was Mark Colp, the sole American carver to travel to Hope for the four-day competition. He created a bench with carvings of an eagle and fish on one side, and a bear with a fish on the other.

Liam Tromans earned third place for his creation, which is a tall “dog pile” with several dogs all stacked up and sitting pretty amongst each other.

The new carver People’s Choice Award went to Mandy Chalmers this year.

Watch for more stories and images from the weekend on this website.

Levi Caya won first place and also People’s Choice in the 2021 Hope Chainsaw Carving Competition. (Submitted photo)

Levi Caya won first place and also People’s Choice in the 2021 Hope Chainsaw Carving Competition. (Submitted photo)

Liam Tromans dog pile earned the hearts of judges and came in third place in the Hope Chainsaw Carving Competition. (Submitted)

Liam Tromans dog pile earned the hearts of judges and came in third place in the Hope Chainsaw Carving Competition. (Submitted)

Mandy Chalmers won People’s Choice among the new carvers at the 2021 Hope Chainsaw Carving Competition. (Submitted photo)

Mandy Chalmers won People’s Choice among the new carvers at the 2021 Hope Chainsaw Carving Competition. (Submitted photo)

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