GRAY — Ron Carlson is a professional chain saw carver from China, Maine. He began woodcarving in the mid 1960s and enjoyed this hobby until the early 1990s, when a friend introduced him to the chain saw. The speed and versatility of chain saw cutting amazed him, and his lifelong hobby became his business in 1993.

Thousands of pieces later, he now specializes in carving bears, and from 11 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, he will give a chain saw art demonstration at the Maine Wildlife Park on Route 26.

Carlson has carved almost every animal and abstracts as well as custom requests from airplanes to the Seven Dwarfs, to giant gorillas on safari. He has shipped his art to a dozen countries worldwide.

The Maine Wildlife Park has more than 30 species of native wildlife on display, plus wildlife gardens, nature trails and other interactive exhibits and displays. It is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Nov. 11; visitors must leave the premises by 6 p.m. Admission is free for ages 3 and under; $5 for  ages 5 to 12; $7 for adults, and $5 for seniors. Groups of 15 or more are $3.50 per person. Attendees may bring a picnic and spend the day. For more information, call 657-4977 or visit or

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