CARVE OR STARVE

WELCOME TO THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF CHAINSAW ART.

A FAMILY TRADITION SINCE 1956!

Boaz Backus, Mike McVay, Steve Backus 1984
(L TO R) BOAZ BACKUS, MIKE MCVAY, and STEVE BACKUS at THE EVERGREEN STATE FAIR, MONROE WASHINGTON 1984
Mike, Judy, Elileen, Dee, and Pat McVay
(L TO R BACK) MIKE & JUDY (L TO R FRONT) EILEEN, DEE, & PAT MCVAY
Judy McVay and Boaz, Lynn, Steve Backus
(L TO R ) BOAZ BACKUS, JUDY MCVAY, STEVE & LYNN BACKUS

the HISTORY OF CHAINSAW CARVING & THE McVay-Backus Legacy

Beginning in 1956, the McVay family pioneered the art of chainsaw carving in the Pacific Northwest, coined the phrase “Carve or Starve,” and shaped the history of not only the art form but also the competitive sport and entertainment aspect of carving contests the world over.

Some of our work...

Boaz woodcarving shop washington
Judy McVay and Steve Backus Sign

meet the family

"the family that carves together starves together"

judy mcvay

Judy Mcvay carving

STEVE BACKUS

Steve Backus carving BW

LYNN BACKUS

Lynn Backus Carving

BOAZ BACKUS

Boaz Backus carving

ready. set. watch!

STEVE BACKUS FEATURED IN A PEMCO COMMERCIAL AS THE ROADSIDE CHAINSAW WOODCARVER (2008)

MORE VIDEOS...

STEVE BACKUS NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC VIDEO

STEVE BACKUS & PAT MCVAY RIDGWAY RENDEVOUZ 2016

2016 STEVE BACKUS AT THE PUYUALLUP FAIR GROUNDS

JUDY MCVAY OCEAN SHORES SIGN DEDICATION 2020

THE MCVAY-BACKUS FAMILY

CARVING AND STARVING TOGETHER SINCE 1956!

Your Event, Our Expertise.

PROMOTING, CREATING, & OPERATING CARVING EVENTS SINCE 1976.

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