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By Christie Breen
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Sam carves himself a place in history

A MOFFAT man has carved himself into history at Carve Carrbridge, the 19th Scottish Open Chainsaw Carving Competition.

Sam Bowsher, 24, wowed the judges with his intricate depiction of two agile otters at play named ‘Utterly Otterly’, winning the coveted Claymore Trophy.

Sam and 20 other carvers were challenged to create something truly special in just four hours with carvings judged on artistic merit, technical difficulty, and originality.

This win makes it two years in a row for Sam who won last year’s Virtual Carve and he is also the competition’s youngest winner.

Sam has been attending Carve Carrbridge since he was six and has watched his dad Pete win the competition multiple times.

Commenting on his own win, Sam said: “It is absolutely brilliant to win Carve Carrbridge – and always good to get one over on my Dad! I think this was a tough year too – we were all looking at each other’s carvings and I don’t think any of us could call it, so I was a bit shocked to win.

“I like carving otters but I haven’t done them like this before and four hours isn’t much time, but I like to carve fast which makes this event so much fun.”

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