Archive for February, 2007

Ridgeway Chainsaw Carving Rendezvous (1 of 4)

Monday, February 26th, 2007


I just got back from my 9 day, winter break, trip at Ridgeway, Pennsylvania. My dad, His partner (Emil Szkipala), his son and I left on Friday. We started by checking into the Royal Inn. There were 227 registered carvers who showed up at the event. The auction took place 8 days later, bringing in 53,000 dollars. For those who don’t know, probably most of you, this event is a gathering and not a competition, it’s a great place to learn and grow when it comes to chainsaw carving. Unlike chainsaw carving competitions, this type of gathering allows carvers to be more relaxed and be more focused on having fun and not worried about your piece so much.

With 227 people carving, this is the largest event of its kind to ever take place. Carvers from all over the world came, most noticeable were the Germans who were flown for free this year. But carvers from Japan, Italy, Canada, Scotland, England and Australia were present. As I said this takes place in Ridgeway. This town is very small and seams like its deep in the mountains. The event took place, unlike last year at helicopter landing/fire department lot, at a factory’s parking lot that closed down a few years ago.

Anyways this event is huge and it will take a huge amount of post to cover, so I’ll explain more about the event throughout the next week or two.

Warhammer 40,000

Thursday, February 15th, 2007

My collection

All right here’s my first topical post, I had seen some people in school talking about Warhammer 40,000 for some time. So I said I might want to get into this. A friend said that he had a used Necron race (an ancient race whose soles are held captive their spiritual over lords) that he could sell to me to get started. So I went to one of their houses and played a game with the Necron race and was walked through basically the whole game. At this house this guy had set up a massive battle field, which I was told that it was set up as a cityscape because it had a couple levels and buildings for warriors to move through. So afterwards I bought the set for $50 dollars. I looked up the price of the pieces before hand and saw that this collection was worth much more. They told me that I was going to replace someone who they used to play four player games with. Basically you buy these unconstructed figures, glue them together, and then paint them. Warhammer 40K is a turn-based and point-based game and you are require you buy a codex to understand each race. Anyways I have to say that it’s pretty cool and that I’m planning to get much deeper into it. Also I’m planning on making a stop motion video using these characters, so you can plan to see that on the video’s section of my site in the next few months.

And the Blog Begins

Thursday, February 15th, 2007

All right, here we go, I thought before I posted about specific subject that I would talk a little about my self, so you can get a little insight on my point of view and opinions.

A Tiki God and Tiki PalmFirst of all as my dad, for the most part I’m democrat, as you may know through me or my site that my dad and I are chainsaw carvers, my dad started carving about 6 years ago and I followed about less than two years later. My dad tends to carve more wildlife carvings, and I tend to carve more abstract pieces, particularly Tiki-gods.

I love video games, particularly Nintendo. I currently have a NES, N64, Game Cube, Wii, Nintendo DS, Game Boy Advance, and parts of a Virtual Boy. I also have a couple of non-Nintendo systems like Sega Genesis and Sega Game Gear.

I started school at Are Lady of the Immaculate Conception, then in the forth grade I was hit by a car and was in a coma for 2 days. After that I struggled in school for a while and my mother thought INotredamesign might do better in public school setting. After the fifth grade I went to public school for 3 years; I am the only child in my family that when to public school. After that, I followed my brother and went to Notre Dame. During my sophomore we were given the news that the school would close down by the order of the Archdiocese of Detroit, even thou they really only had the power to shut down the building as the school’s name and business was owned by itself(meaning the alumnae), one lie from the AOD after another, the school closed down. After that I went to Notre Dame Prep in Pontiac, being one of are rivals or Notre Dame I kind of felt like a sellout.

Now on to my site, my site started as a simple site on Yahoo’s GeoCities, then on September 16th 2003, I moved my site to and now here you are. Just recently I bought 4 additional domain names:,, and Anyways I’d like to thank you for visiting my site and reading my blog and I hope you will check back.