Sawmill Center to Hold 33rd Annual Wood Carving Festival

Allegheny National Forest Visitors BureauBRADFORD, PA – June 15, 2017 – The Sawmill Center for the Arts will hold its annual Wood Carving Show July 15-16 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day.  This is the 33rd year for this festival that features the talents of artists who carve wood by hand.  A $2 admission fee allows the public to view these amazing sculptures, which will be judged prior to the show. 

The Sawmill Center will hold a beginners’ wood carving course during the week prior to the show for anyone wanting to learn this traditional art form.  Jim O’Dea will instruct on Tuesday, July 11 through Thursday, the 13th.  Anyone wishing to take the class should pre-register by calling the Sawmill Center at (814) 927-6655.  The course fee is $225.

Any carver interested in entering his or her work into the Wood Carving Show may do so for $5 per piece.

Another class will be held July 17 through 21 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day.  Bob Stadtlander will teach relief carving.  The fee for this course is $330.

For more information about the Wood Carving Show or any of the classes at the Sawmill Center, please call (814) 927-6655.

The Sawmill Center has more unique festivals planned for the 2017 season.

  • Quilt Show – August 19 & 20
  • Chainsaw Carvers’ Round-Up – September 15-17
  • Gingerbread Tour – November 3-5
  • NEW THIS YEAR: Festival of Trees – December 1-3

The Sawmill Center for the Arts is a non-profit organization dedicated to instructing, preserving and honoring the arts.  Located at 140 Theatre Lane in Cook Forest State Park, the center offers art classes, live theatre performances and a bountiful craft market, full of one-of-a-kind handcrafted items.  For more information, visit