By Jennifer Grimes

Triplicate staff writer

Roaring chain saws ripping into redwood logs will not only render incredible carvings, but will benefit the St. Joseph Catholic School during Sea Cruise weekend Oct. 13, 14, 15.

Little Joes Custom Carving will host a chainsaw carving competition between the best carvers in the world at the Crescent City fairgrounds.

Feather Bauman, owner of Little Joes Custom Carvings, said 30 to 40 carvers from all over the country are coming to town to participate in the three-day event. Local carvers are also welcome.

Bauman says the competition will help bring money into the city. The visiting carvers will stay in local motels and eat in the local restaurants, he said, in addition to donating carvings for the St. Joseph benefit auction.

A one week stay in the Tahoe Sands Resort in Lake Tahoe will also be auctioned off on Sunday, Oct. 15 and Bauman would like some local businesses to step forward and donate auctionable items for the school benefit.

Its up to the community now. Weve done our part to set this thing up, now its up to the town to come through, he said.

Bauman is also welcoming food and drink vendors to the fair grounds, but will require 10 percent of their proceeds to donate to the school.

The carving competition will include a professional, an intermediate and a novice division. Spectators will be able to watch the creation of bears, eagles, fish and anything else the carvers are inspired to cut out of the crude logs.

Little Joes is supplying three truck loads of Redwood logs for the show and is working on a $2,000 carving for the fairgrounds in exchange for use of the fair grounds facilities.

Bauman said he is also seeking sponsors willing to put up prize money for the carvers.

Weve still got to raise $4,200 in prize money, Bauman said.