The Rangeley Lakes Region Logging Museum is proud to be the organizer of one of the largest events held in Rangeley during the summer, the annual Logging Parade and Festival, a 2-day event, happening on the 27th and 28th of July.
Starting on Friday the 27th the traditional events include biscuit cooking and burying of the beans at the Museum grounds, and then on to the Episcopal Church for the Mr. and Miss Wood Chip Talent Show, Art Contest winners, the Loggers Hall of Fame inductees, and music and storytelling with 13 year-old fiddle virtuoso Mason Strunk and Uncle Al.
On Saturday morning make sure you’re on Main Street by 10 AM to witness the best, most creative parade ever with entries ranging from the logging industry to local businesses and groups! The antique car and motorcycle division is honoring the memory of our own native son, Odie Batchelder, who passed away earlier this year. This years’ overall Parade theme is "Book Titles"...Robin Hood, How To Eat Fried Worms, The Help, Little Red Riding Hood, etc., which should make it easy to get everyone involved. It’s a great opportunity to show off your business, group, or organization to hundreds of folks who attend the festivities--not to mention the chance to win cash prizes in all categories! For more information about participating in the Parade, please contact our Parade Coordinator, Linda Sikes, at 491-6566.
After the Parade goes through town, come join us at the Logging Museum grounds to enjoy a traditional bean-hole dinner, live music, artists and crafters, children’s activities, storytelling, and non-stop entertainment all afternoon with our Woodsmen’s Competition and, new this year, the Great Maine Lumberjack Show! The Show features Timber Tina and the LumberJills! “Timber Tina” is Tina Scheer, owner of the Show and past participant in the well-known TV series “Survivor Panama”. It’s great entertainment for the whole family with audience participation encouraged and featuring their own tank for log rolling. Local lumberjacks are encouraged to enter the Woodsmen’s Competition. Winner’s take home prizes like brand new Stihl® chainsaws, personal safety gear, and cash prizes in seven categories!
Another new feature at this year’s Festival will be “Conversations with Carvers” showcasing three local carvers of international fame: Museum founder, Rodney Richard aka “The Mad Whittler”; Ashley Gray, 2012 World Champion carver; and David Barten, Diorama carver. All of these artists will have work on hand to marvel at and discuss.
If you can’t make it to the Festival, please come see us at the Logging Museum. The logging history in Maine is rich and varied and may surprise you! In fact, did you know that the chain saw, taken for granted in so many households worldwide, was invented right here in Maine? There’s more to it than those logging trucks rumbling down the road. Come see for yourself! Help us grow by becoming a member or volunteer for lots of projects and activities we have planned for the coming year, including trail building, creating new display space in the museum, and more.
The Museum is located on Rt 16, the Stratton Road, just a mile outside Rangeley and is open Wednesday through Sunday, 11am to 5pm through Labor Day.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE WOODSMEN'S COMPETITION....
2012 Rangeley Logging Festival Lumberjack Competition
Registration at 11:00 AM
Entry Fee: $10
Prize Money: $25, 15, 10 for each event.
Competition Begins shortly after noon
competitors will roll a log down a course using peaveys or cant dogs.
Competitors must hit two stakes at the end of the course and then
return the log to its starting location. Quickest time wins.
competitors will use a crosscut saw to make a single cut on a 10 x 10
timber. Quickest time wins and only complete cuts count.
Competitors will get three throws at a target with scoring areas. The highest score wins.
will split pieces of firewood in order to fit them through a 4” hole.
Once all full length pieces are through, time stops. Quickest time
A competitor must
make three cuts (down, up, down) on a 10 x10 timber. Saw will be
running on the ground, and competitors must have their hands on the wood
on “Go”. Three complete cookies must be cut. Fastest time wins.
Pulp For Distance
will throw a 4’ piece of pulp as far as possible. Pulp must be
released behind the line and the distance will be counted from the point
of impact. Longest throw wins.
Sculptor, David Barten, Donates Art to Logging Museum for 27 July Exhibit Opening
Sculptor David Barten of Conway, Massachusetts, has donated five of his creations to the Rangeley Lakes Region Logging Museum. Two tool sculptures will be exhibited this summer, and three dioramas of Rangeley life will be shown in 2013. Mr. Barten, once a cabin boy at Pleasant Island, will attend the Logging Festival July 27 and 28, and greet visitors from Friday afternoon on in the Museum Building.
Much of Mr. Barten’s inspiration for these five sculptures comes from his love of the Rangeley Lakes region. He first saw Rangeley in the mid-1950s when his father took their family to Pleasant Island on Cupsuptic Lake for a week. The Bartens returned the next summer, as well. David wanted to be in Rangeley longer, so in summer 1958, he worked for eight weeks at Pleasant Island as a cabin boy when Don and Pam Young of Dixfield owned the camps. In the spring of 1966, Mr. Barten and two friends walked part of the Appalachian Trail in the Rangeley area, and three years later, he brought his wife to Rangeley for a brief visit. During these various sojourns, he traveled the length of Mooselookmeguntic in a small motorboat, sailed on Cupsuptic in a modified canoe, fished in the small rivers that entered Cupsuptic, and hiked in the mountains around Rangeley. He has not visited the area since 1969 and is very glad he will be seeing it once again.
Mr. Barten looks forward to talking with the public about the two tool sculptures he will bring to the Museum on July 27. “Wormy Butternut” (2009) brings together such tools as cross cut saws, screwdrivers, calipers and squares, an auger, and more—all placed against a backdrop of butternut (white walnut) with decorative circles of white oak. The second tool sculpture, a standing sculpture titled “Twist and Cut I” (2006), juxtaposes a rafter’s auger (also used by loggers when building log booms and rafts), a bucksaw, a wheel maker’s saw used for cutting felloes, a broad ax, and a stone mason’s or wood carver’s mallet, and more. These tools lie against a backdrop of rock maple and black walnut.
Old tools have very special meaning to Mr. Barten. He searched for them in antique stores all over western Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire. “I’d stop at any store there was,” he explains. “I’d choose the tools that were banged up. They were the ones still there because the collectors didn’t want them. I did! They have a history. These tools were treasured by unnamed, unknown craftsmen, especially carpenters and joiners. These were the tools I wanted to feature.”
One of the reasons he wanted to feature tools is their ubiquity in New England: “Every New England farm had a toolbox, and every farmer was a carpenter. Farmers made themselves into blacksmiths, and they made their own tools. I saw some really interesting, self-made designs! The famers always tinkered. They were not satisfied with what they got from Europe or from the market in America. So, many farmers set up their own forge. The New Englander was a tinkerer!” Mr. Barten laughs. Having worked for most of his adult life with hand tools, especially gouges and chisels, he reflects, “America was made by hand, and by hand tools.”
Next summer, Mr. Barten will bring three of his large-sized, poly-chromed dioramas, made of countless pieces of careful crafted and painted wood, that tell stories about life in the Rangeley woods. Weighing up to 600 pounds with dimensions up to 104 inches long by 40 inches wide by 71 inches high, these dioramas—“Tow”, “Aquifer”, and “Spring Thaw/Clearcut”—along with his other work, can be seen at http://davidbarten.com
Born in 1942 in New York City, Mr. Barten was educated through ninth grade in the public schools of Croton and Hartsdale, New York; he then finished his secondary education at Tabor Academy in Marion, Massachusetts. He studied sculpture at Cornell University and graduated with a BFA in 1965. Three years later, he received an MA from Adelphi University, Long Island, New York, in the teaching of art and went on to teach junior high school from 1967 to 1970 at the Waldorf School of Adelphi University in Garden City, New York. From 1970 to 1973, he was a doctoral candidate in the History of Higher Education in America at New York University; he left the program to assume the Chairmanship of the Faculty of the Waldorf School in 1974. In 1977, he resigned this position to help his wife, Aina, and a friend found Orion, a nature magazine, now in its 30th year. In 1981, he returned to his earlier interest in wood carving and became a professional sculptor.
Mr. Barten’s interest in wood working and carving has been shaped at Tabor Academy and Cornell by men who were professional carvers and who had an interest in seeing young people pursue carving as a career. From 1965 on, he has worked in folk art style, carving reliefs and making standing figures as a hobby.
Mr. Barten’s professional career as an artist has assumed three phases, the first between 1981 and 1997 when he worked full-time at carving life-size, standing figures on commission, poly-chromed by a collaborator. Because a patron in Louisville, Kentucky, made these commissions possible, the eight sculptures are found in two museums, one college, one church, and a monastery in Kentucky. Four, for example, are of the four Evangelists—Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John—and another figure is of Daniel Boone, complete with his two dogs, rifle, and coon-skin cap. Mr. Barten was given a retrospective by the Owensboro Museum of Fine Arts in the summer of 1997, at which almost all the work he had created, as well as the models, were exhibited.
Then, from 1998 to 2005, Mr. Barten changed his focus from carving on commission to creating large-scale, poly-chromed dioramas on speculation. He made seven dioramas over seven years, and the three inspired by his Rangeley experiences are being given to the Logging Museum. All seven of these dioramas are constructions whose parts were made using a bandsaw and are held in place by dowels, glue and screws. All were painted by Mr. Barten, using artist’s oils. Unlike the carvings, none of the dioramas have been exhibited before, so the Logging Museum’s 2013 exhibit will be the first time the public will be able to view Mr. Barten’s breathtaking dioramas.
Finally, from 2005 to the present, Mr. Barten has fashioned tool sculptures, old wood-working tools placed in harmonious designs against vintage woods. He has constructed 27 sculptures of various sizes. In 2008, five of these sculptures were exhibited at Forbes Library in Northampton, Mass, in a show titled “Practically Perfect.” Two of these tool sculptures will come to the Logging Museum for the July Festival; most of the others have been sold to private collectors, or given to charities for auction.
The Logging Museum thanks Mr. and Mrs. David Barten for their generous donation of art about Rangeley to the people of Rangeley, and welcomes the public to attend the opening of the exhibit on Friday afternoon 27 July. The Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, 11am to 5pm, until Labor Day and by appointment (864-3939). FMI: http://rlrlm.org
by Peggy Yocom, Curator, Rangeley Lakes Region Logging Museum