Chain Saw Carving Champ Bob King Captures the ECHO Cup - Championship Raises $34,700 for Make-a-Wish Foundation®

he results are in! Pro-carver Bob King captures the ECHO Cup for the third consecutive year at the ECHO Chain Saw Carving Series Championship held October 3-5, 2008 at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®. Mark Colp won the People’s Choice category.

Eight world-class chain saw carvers competed in the 4th ECHO sponsored Championship after placing in the top rankings of one of four qualifying events. They competed in New Mexico to raise money for the Make-A-Wish® Foundation of New Mexico and to win cash/ prizes totaling more than $75,000. Event photos

The carvers had 20 hours over three days to produce masterpiece sculptures based on their interpretation of the theme “Launching Dreams”. The pieces were judged and ranked on how well the carver interpreted the theme, the difficulty of the design, and craftsmanship. Scroll below to view the beauty of each piece and the unique style each carver chose to build a competitive advantage.


Here are capsules of the seven children’s wishes that will be granted as a result of the auction.

Completed Wishes
Samuel M., age 11, from Albuquerque wished to have a portable gaming system. The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of New Mexico was able to provide him with a PSP, a Nintendo DS and a portable DVD player, plus a ton of games and movies to keep him busy on November 22, 2008. Samuel had a wonderful wish day with lots of pizza and soda and a great day with his family!

Jessica F., age 13, from Farmington, NM wished to meet Emily Osment from the Hannah Montana Show. Jessica and her family traveled to California to hang out on the set with her family. Jessica had a great wish and loved meeting Emily; she also had the chance to meet the star of the show Miley Cyrus!

Ashley T., age 7, from Los Lunas, NM wished to be a Dolphin Trainer for a day in Florida. Ashley had a perfect time in the Florida Keys with her family! She was able to experience Dolphin Training up close and personal as she worked with a trainer for an entire day! Ashley loved her experience with the Dolphins and cannot wait to give back to the Make-A-Wish Foundation!

Still Pending Wishes
Sierra G., age 17, from Albuquerque, NM wishes to work on a wildlife refuge! Sierra will have her wish granted in the summer of 2009. Sierra is passionate about wild animals and cannot wait for the experience of working with them on a reserve or other open space.

Rhianna D., age 11, from Thoreau, NM has changed her wish from meeting Michael Jordan to meeting Sharon Osborne. Rhianna loves the music of Ozzy and thinks that is wife is a Rockin’ lady. Rhianna will hopefully meet Sharon sometime this year. When a child wishes to meet a celebrity we work on the celebrity schedule.

Mariana C., age 3, from Albuquerque, NM wishes to have a princess bedroom makeover. She loves Cinderella and everything that is Disney Princess related. We hope to grant her complete bedroom makeover in March or April of 2009.

Fernandez B., age 8, from Jemez Pueblo wishes to go to Disney World to meet Mickey Mouse. Fernandez and his family are hoping to travel to Florida in the fall of 2009.

The final sculptures were judged on Sunday, October 5th and then auctioned with all proceeds benefiting the Make a Wish® Foundation of New Mexico. The event raised $34,700 for Make a Wish® Foundation. The organization grants “wishes” for children who have a life threatening medical condition.


Place Name Hometown Carving Name  
1st Bob King Edgewood, WA Innocent Dreams view carving
2nd Terry Ahola Grants Pass, OR Make a Wish view carving
3rd Dayton Scoggins Heidelberg, MS Soaring Dreams view carving
4th Hiromu Kurita Japan Future in the Sky view carving
5th Zoe Boni Ridgway, PA Dream Launcher view carving
6th Mark Herrington Wilkeson, WA Sacred Calling view carving
7th Jeff Samudosky Columbia, CT Sweet Dreams view carving
8th Mark Colp Lakeport, CA Sky Dreamer view carving
People's Choice Award Mark Colp Lakeport, CA Sky Dreamer view carving

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