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Harner Farm to host chainsaw artist exhibition

Dan Harner, left, and his son Chris are hosting the Chainsaw Wizards Carving Festival & Demonstrations at Harner Farm. The pair poses with a Harley Dougherty chainsaw art bear at the farm.
Dan Harner, left, and his son Chris are hosting the Chainsaw Wizards Carving Festival & Demonstrations at Harner Farm. The pair poses with a Harley Dougherty chainsaw art bear at the farm. nmark@centredaily.com

Soon, more than bees will buzz at Harner Farm.

The Ferguson Township farm is set to host its first chainsaw carving exhibition on Friday and Saturday. The event will feature 10 artists who will hew out various fauna and faces, with wood instead of marble as their palette. Deer, eagles and woodchucks are just a few creations that may be on display during the weekend.

One example, a life-size bear, already resides at the farm. Owner Dan Harner got the wood sculpture from the Ridgway Chainsaw Carver’s Rendezvous two years ago. The weekend’s festivities at Harner Farm will replicate a slice of the Ridgway event, which hosts carvers from the around the world.

“The scale that we’ve got right now is about right for the size of our operation,” Harner said.

The carvers will be at work from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. An auction will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Centre County PAWS.

Though Harner uses chainsaws to prune select crops, he won’t be among the artisans wielding their tools of the trade. He said he will let the experts take the floor.

“I don’t have the wherewithal,” he said, laughing. “It’s just like any artist — you kind of need a good eye to do some of these things, and frankly that’s not my specialty. But I admire what they do, and I’ve seen some absolutely beautiful pieces up in Ridgway.”

Roger Van Scyoc: 814-231-4698, @rogervanscy

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