Chainsaw sculptors in Reedsport this weekend

Chainsaw sculptors in Reedsport this weekend

REEDSPORT, Ore. - Jeffro Uitto's knack for finding things like knives and driftwood got him carving as a kid.

"I used to be really lucky so I would always find pocket knives and I was always allowed to have them, so I was starting to carve a little you know," the Tokeland, Wash., man said. "It just kind of evolved from there."

Uitto is on the big stage for chainsaw carvers now, one of 36 professional and semi-professional chainsaw sculptors at the 14th Annual Oregon Divisional Chainsaw Sculpting Championships in Reedsport, Oregon, this weekend.

He doesn't look for pocket knives anymore. Instead, he's always on the lookout for a good piece of wood.

"I'll have pieces I'll be saving for years," he said. "It will be like the perfect piece for a part of a horse or something just right. Sometimes pieces take like three or four years to really come together."

While he is more of a long-term carver these days, Uitto said he likes the fast-paced environment of a wood sculpting festival like the one this weekend in Reedsport.