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The Black Isle Show

The Black Isle Show

You can find Iain at the Black Isle Show every year with dates posted on this website.  Iain does live carving demonstrations and also has a selection of pre-carved items available for purchase on the day.  This years date is August the 6th and the event page is here.




The Black Isle Farmers’ Society was formed at a meeting in Avoch on 22nd March 1836 and the first Black Isle Show was held at Fortrose on 6th October of the same year.

The Society exists to promote the Interests of Agriculture and meets regularly throughout the year. In addition, the Society holds its Presentation of Show Trophies in November, a Bonspiel in January, a Ploughing Match in February and as the Main Event of the year, The Annual Black Isle Show on the first Thursday in August.

To continue promoting our aims and objectives we are constantly improving the Showground and facilities to make it more “user friendly” and attractive to the admission paying public. The admission fees are wholly expended in helping us achieve our ongoing charitable objectives. In 2010 we continued with our improvements as we have done in previous years, including building 2 new Buildings to house the Wool, Crooks, Fur & Feather and Goats. 2010 saw the Society host the National Beltex Sheep Show, this was accomodated within one of the new sheds at the “livestock”end of the Show, The roadside fence alongside the new path was also completed in 2010. More improvements are planned in 2011 including some more tarred walkways in some of the busier aisles.

From 1836 onwards, the Black Isle Show was held on various sites throughout the area on fields provided by farmer members. The Society acquired its own permanent Showground at Muir of Ord in 1955 and the first Show on the present site, now called Mannsfield, was held in 1957.

Mannsfield Showground was purchased outright by the Society in 2003, providing the opportunity to improve and upgrade facilities. This ongoing programme continues. In 2005 with the building of a Sheep Shearing Shed. The completion of the new toilet and shower block at the “Livestock End” of the showground just prior to the 2006 show proved its worth at an extremely busy show.

The 2007 Show saw the completion of a purpose built structure to house the popular “Food & Craft” stands. This building extends to 1100 square metres in floor area and has saved the Society a considerable amount in annual rental charges of marquees and temporary fittings. At the same time as this building was being constructed a new 3 phase electricity supply was installed throughout the Showfield making the Showfield more “user friendly” throughout the year. . In 2007 & 2008 the main roadways and walkways have been tarred amounting to some 3,500 square metres. This programme of tarring was continued til the present date adding to the overall Show experience.

Carve Carrbridge Competition 2015

Carve Carrbridge Competition 2015

The annual Carve Carrbridge chainsaw carving competition will take place on Saturday 5th September 2015, on the village sports field.

Top chainsaw carvers both from the UK and around the world, including entries from the USA and Europe will compete for the magnificent Claymore trophy and prize money. A day of family events including live music, activities, games, stalls and food & drink.








Those Competing Are:

1. Pete Bowsher – Scotland – 2014 Winner
2. Hamish Maxwell – Scotland
3. Tim Burgess – England
4. Alice Buttress – Scotland
5. Tim Klock – USA
6. Garry Shand – Scotland
7. Lee Bannon – England
8. Craig Steele – Scotland
9. Iain Chalmers – Scotland
10. Josh Dagg – Canada
11. Peter Verlaan – Holland
12. Griffon Ramsay – USA
13. Jonny Stableford – Scotland
14. Tjada Lucia Gusfors – Sweden
15. Mick Burns- UK
16. Vincent Bateman – Ireland
17. Tom Harris-Ward – Scotland
18. David Roberts – Scotland
19. Igor Kucera – Czech Republic
20. Roni MacDonald – Scotland
21. Nansi Hemming – Wales
22. Simon Archer – England
23. Andy MacLauchlan – Scotland
24. Egi – Mongolia.


The Competition

The main competition will be held over 4 hours, including a break after 2 hours. In addition a ‘quick carve’ event will be held immediately after the main event, with carvers being asked to prepare a small carving which can then be auctioned for the benefit of the local community. Dependent upon competition entrants the Novice competition may be run again this year. In order to be able to participate novices must be able to meet the entry requirements as outlined below.

Health & Safety

It is important that safe working practices are observed at all times in accordance with UK Health & Safety Law and recognised best practice. The Organisers therefore reserve the right to exclude anyone who they consider to be unsafe or a danger to others.

Entry Requirements

UK carvers will be required to produce a copy of their Certificate of Competence in the maintenance and use of chainsaws; and must have public liability insurance for £5,000,000. All overseas carvers should record their experience in their C.V which should be submitted with their Entry Form.


Free accommodation will be available to Carvers and their families within the village for the Friday and Saturday nights.

Competition Equipment

The competitors will only be allowed to use chainsaws to remove wood and to finish the carving. Specialist carving bars will be allowed. No other power tools or hand tools will be permitted.

The only form of enhancement to the carving allowed is burning. Carvers must provide their own saws. Chainsaw personal protective equipment (PPE) must be worn at all times when using a chainsaw. The PPE will comply with AFAG guide 301 using petrol driven chainsaws. Your set of safety clothing should include Jacket, Trousers, Safety Boots, eye protection, safety gloves and ear defenders. Each carver is to be responsible for the provision of their own safety clothing and PPE. Any working platforms used must be of safe construction and prevent any accidental fall which could result in injury.

Wood Selection

The wood will measure approximately 22 inches (56cm) diameter by 8 feet (244cm) long and it is hoped will be Sitka Spruce. This will be confirmed to entrants prior to the event. Selection will be on a first come first served basis. You may exchange logs with other carvers. It may help to arrive early and have a good look at the available wood and its location.

The Carving

This must be achieved from within your selected log and the off cuts. Once you have your log you may prepare the base or stand it on props, you may debark your log and draw on it, you can cut it in height and have it stood up, but carving must not start until the advertised times. You may carve any design you like, but please remember the sculptures are also viewed by members of the public with children. The organisers therefore reserve the right to remove any sculpture considered offensive.


Six judges will mark each carving out of 10 and the carver with the highest overall score out of a maximum 60 points will be declared the winner. The Chief Judge will have the casting vote in the event of a draw. All pieces will be judged on technical difficulty and artistic merit.

Auction of Pieces

Following the judging and the prize giving the finished works of art will be sold at auction starting with the first placed and then in descending order. All proceeds from the auction will go to the carver. If a carver chooses not to sell his work it can be withdrawn from the auction before the bidding starts. Note your carving must be auctioned as one lot, you may not split your carving into two or more lots. Once the main pieces have been auctioned the ‘quick carve’ sculptures will be auctioned. In this case all proceeds will go to benefit the local community.