A 17-foot-tall carving of a sasquatch has been grabbing attention from passing travelers along U.S. Highway 12 in Oakville for weeks.
Now, residents and fans from afar have an opportunity to help name the massive piece of chainsaw art.
“Please join us for a community collaboration to welcome Oakville’s new member,” the Chehalis Valley Slabhaus announced on Facebook. “We wanted to ask the community, who has given such a warm welcome to this big, beautiful art to be included in naming the PNW legend.”
The chosen entry will get more than bragging rights.
A maple carving of salmon valued at $2,000 will go to the person who submits the chosen name. The winner will be announced during the Oakville Independence Day parade on July 3.
Proposed names can be sent as a message to the Chehalis Valley Slabhaus Facebook page or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The giant sasquatch carving came through a collaboration between Tony Hawes, co-founder of Chehalis Valley Slabhaus, and his friend Tony Robinson, a chainsaw sculptor who owns Native Beach Art in Copalis Crossing.
Tony and Shanna Hawes provided a 7-foot diameter sequoia right outside their business and Robinson used a chainsaw to carve it into a 17-foot sasquatch.
The creature is also joined by an owl and a turtle, both carved in honor of a recently-passed Nisqually Tribe member who was deeply involved in Hawes’ childhood. At the sasquatch’s feet are bear cubs, and in his hand is a chipmunk. Completely unpainted, the red sequoia creates deep contrasting colors on the “fur” of the sculpture, and Robinson says time in the sun will deepen the colors of the piece.
For more Information on Chehalis Valley Slabhaus and NW Wood Source, visit nwwoodsource.com.
To learn more about Native Beach Art, visit https://oceanshores.com/mobile/merchants/1071/native-beach-accessories.html.