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Husqvarna Chainsaw Carver - Marina Cole

About Marina:

I had been mezmerized by a hand carved Japanese Dragon. I immediately took initiative to find where I could learn to express myself in such a way. 

 It was then in my search that I had found Medicine Hat Wood Carving Club. I had so much support with everything from finding the right tools to different techniques. 

 A few years passed while I was whittling with tools when a member of my community contacted the club about having myself create one of my wood spirits on his tree that he wanted to remain part of his yard. After seeing the tree for myself I knew then that my chisels would not cut it. The tree it self was 6-7' tall and about 20-25" in girth. That is when I asked for his patience with me. 

Later that year my family and I where enjoying a yearly trip to the Edmonton Sportman Show. There we met Husqvarnas carver Kevin Lewis. Just wowed by his art we stuck around and visited with him. As my husband spoke to him he had mentioned a trip to BC some for the two of us to learn our way around a saw. I was at that moment terrified yet so over the moon excited! 

 We excepted. Overwhelmed with fear and excitement I picked up my first chainsaw on April 9th 2016. At that moment I felt an overwhelming sense of calm and passion rush through my body. That is when I knew I found it! My passion!!

  It was 2 months later that I had entered my first competition. Carving like I have not carved before. I remember after day two of a 12 hour shift holding myself and telling my family that I need to go lay down. It was intense for little ol me. I pushed through another day and a half and was able to bring my "fallen" angel to life. It felt amazing to accomplish such a feat. It felt even more amazing hearing such positive responses. 

 I had entered the novice category which did not have a ranking. It was all for the experience and wisdom of fellow carvers. It was amazing. What was even more amazing is when I heard my named called up along side an amazingly talented JR Henderson for the carvers choice award. I was in tears. Called up by those I watched and admired the entire competition. I had no words. I did not expect anything. 

Since that Competition in June 2016 I have been involed in other competitions and events around the world such as Australia, Alaska, and of course throughout British Columbia and Alberta. I have been so blessed to have been given this opportunity. It shall be an amazing carving year. I cannot wait to create! 

I have been given such a blessing in which I will give back in my way. I have and will be a part of charity events for as long as I can. Helping others is another passion of mine and now I am glad I can contribute to those in need as well. I wish you all the best and do hope that your imagination and heart is opened when looking through my photos. If you wish to follow my story please feel free to like my Facebook page Maybe we will work together some day and until then God Bless! 

Husqvarna Chainsaw Carver - Marina Cole

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Show location

BMO Centre

20 Roundup Way SE
Calgary, Alberta T2G 2W1

(403) 245-9008

Directions & parking

Show hours

  • Thursday, February 6 1 pm - 9 pm
  • Friday, February 7 1 pm - 9 pm
  • Saturday, February 8 10 am - 7 pm
  • Sunday, February 9 10 am - 5 pm


  • Adults (ages 18+) $ 15.00
  • Juniors (ages 13-17) $ 10.00
  • Seniors (ages 65+) $ 10.00
  • Children (12 years and under, when accompanied by a paid adult) FREE
  • Family Pass (2 Adults & 2 Juniors) $ 38.00

About us

Canadian National Sportsmen's shows is a not-for-profit Corporation and the largest producer of boat, fishing, ski and outdoor shows in Canada. The Calgary Boat & Sportsmen's Show, part of the Canadian National Sportsmen's Shows (CNSS), first took place in Calgary back in 1977. 42 years later, CNSS has helped protect Canada's outdoors with grants in excess of $32 million dollars. Community programs launched by CNSS include "Kids Fishing Day", which allocated more than 65,000 fishing kits to children over the 10 years of the program.

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