It is always a pleasure to have a debate with you, though I am doubtful you can hold your own? But we here at the "Sensitive Chainsaw carvers institute" are willing to patiently listen to any thoughts or ideas you may contribute.
Beings as you are a "sometime promoter" and and all around selfless fellow with a deep and abiding respect for all of humanity!? We will be patient with your replies as you struggle to find big enough words to articulate you point of view, commencing to commence.
Ridgway has always been evolving and there is not a carver from the Midwest to Germany who should not lay down a "Wreath of thankfulness" at the feet of the Boni's and most of the Ridgway community.
When it was a budding event it was attempting to help some that had met with misfortune and did so many times, as with most things that evolve the logistics became more complex and since it was open to all who could care to attend they stampeded in, it became a job, a job for many as the years progressed, a year round job for few.
Ridgway was a crossroads for many chainsaw carvers, from the wide eyed rookie, to a few Kings, a mythical place where if a chainsaw carver could go to it they would gain knowledge, build relationships and develop friendships,. I ask you MR. Tynan what common event/experience would you have in common with most of your chainsaw carving acquaintances and the few Friends you have managed to keep, I will bet that Ridgway would be the common denominator?
The plastic is not melting Ken and the typing is less then frantic, any event that is open to all and has all the different personality's attached to the art world and the fickle nature of human beings in general brings us to the lack of appreciation demonstrated by the few, You know, like You!
The folks who think they got to where they are all by themselves, it would be fair to say that many carvers have launched their careers of the back of Ridgway, You know, like You.
Ridgway had a deal with the carvers over the years, provide a carving out of the log provided, to put the carving in the auction, pretty simple, often violated. The competitive nature of carvers would push many to carve as outstanding a carving as they could so they could crow and flap their wings if they got high money! they could have carved anything out of the wood that is "purchased" for the show and provided to each carver, many carvers with big egos coveting the largest for themselves, since there is no carver police on duty the integrity of the carvers was relied on, it did not always work, and while not the straw the broke the camels back it contributed to the accumulated pile of bullshit and petty deceptions that led to this current method of operations and while not every carver that carved a nice carving for the auction, sold it at the last minute, and then put a little bear in the auction, many did, Like You.
The overseas carvers have a variety of events to choose from over on the continent and the U.K.many helped and or started after a trip to Ridgway, from what I see the overseas carvers can go to chap fest? as I understand it all are welcome which is why carvers that cant go to to many other shows show up, Like You.
After being involved in big open events that have a pretty relaxed entry systems I grew familiar with mentality of folks that led mutiny's on ships, folks with a bitter repetitious negative attitude where everyone is trying fuck them around so they start pointing out perceived slights and what a victim they are to anyone that will listen, then they begin to justify their way of thinking until whoever they owe money to or back rent become the bad guy, you know, Like you.
The carvers that did the best from my observation were those folks who could drive there in a day or so with a big load of decent stuff, I doubt that will change, because the Educated customer base has to be a "two hundred mile radius around Ridgway? They have been educated as to what the stuff is worth and will buy what they like no matter what, simple purchase of a bit of real estate no carving to distract you from sales, enough little quick carves to keep the show wheel spinning on entertainment aspect, no big egos to spoon feed and stroke their hair, You Know, Like You.
I highly recommend to anyone who wants to take the vow of poverty and start and run a big show to please do so, Its easy to get get one going just get someone who has done it before manipulate them into helping, then dump them unceremoniously while disparaging their character to cover their tracks, You Know, Like You.
The pugs miss you.
and remember carve or starve...