Monday, June 20, 2011

A Sampling of What's To Come...

The excitement is building as we're mere days away from the event.  A sampling of the carvings that will be available to purchase are on display in front of the Cooksville General Store.  To soothe your curiosity, stop in and check them out.  While there, step inside and explore the unique merchandise that the store has to offer.  Watch for the article on the Cooksville General Store in an upcoming issue of Country Living magazine.   

Monday, June 13, 2011

Logs, Logs, Logs

Henry Royer and Tom Weiss arrived on the Commons with the first load of logs for this years event.  Chad Larsen was there to assist with unloading them as they arrived.  The logs, now neatly stacked, stirs the imagination with thoughts of what dwells within?  The ability to look at a log and see a form  contained within it intrigues me, while the ability to set about carving off the surplus wood to reveal it requires a 3-D imagination that amazes me.  Only the carver in his minds eye knows what resides in the wood. Are you intrigued too?  Soothe your curiosity and join us for the excitement at Carving on the Commons on June 25th & 26th.  See you there!

Sunday, May 1, 2011


Tom Weiss (262) 389-9299


COOKSVILLE, WIS. – MAY 1, 2011 – A quaint town recognized throughout southwestern Wisconsin for its historic roots and artisan residents, Cooksville, Wisconsin will provide the ideal backdrop for the second annual “Carving on the Commons” chainsaw carving festival this summer. A two-day open-air event open to the public, Carving on the Commons will be held June 25 and 26 and will feature carvers at all levels, including some of the Midwest’s most celebrated chainsaw artists.

The event, which is hosted by the Cooksville Community Center, a non-profit organization founded in 1962, will be held at the Cooksville Commons – a public square at the heart of the Cooksville community. Here, spectators will experience the transformation of massive logs into beautiful works of art. Given that the carvers will work simultaneously and continuously throughout the two days, the event offers something new every minute.

“Chainsaw carving has been growing in popularity in recent years,” says Tom Weiss, a participating chainsaw carver and Cooksville resident. “Not only is it an entertaining art form for bystanders to watch, it also fits with our societal emphasis on sustainability. Chainsaw carving allows trees that would simply be turned into firewood to live on as works of art.”

Carving on the Commons will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Admission is $3 and all proceeds will benefit the Cooksville Community Center. Food and beverages, provided by Cooksville Lutheran Church, will also be available. Carving on the Commons will culminate in closing ceremonies on Sunday at 3 p.m., at which time an auction will take place to sell each wood sculpture to the highest bidder.  Credit card sales will be accepted at this years event. 

To learn more, visit

About Cooksville
Cooksville, “the town that time forgot,” was built before the Civil War on the New England model around the village green. Most of the 1840’s houses surrounding the green still stand and are restored to their original quaint beauty. Cooksville is home to what is probably the oldest continuously run general store in the state of Wisconsin.

Located 20 minutes from Madison and just six miles from Stoughton and Evansville, Cooksville is in Rock County.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Join Us On the Commons

2nd Annual
Cooksville Carving on the Commons 


As the days grow longer and the weather begins to warm, our thoughts turn toward summer and the 2nd Annual Carving on the Commons event. The carvers are finalizing their travel plans as they look forward to providing another great weekend of unique, artistic entertainment.

Mark your calendars for June 25th and 26th, 2011
and join us on the commons!

See you then!

Monday, June 28, 2010

The 1st Annual 
Carving on the Commons 

The 1st Annual Carving on the Commons is now but a memory, but oh what a memory it is!  Set amongst the historic charm of Cooksville, 14 carvers worked throughout the weekend to demonstrate their unique artistic talent - with a chainsaw.  Working at various levels of expertise, each carver thrilled spectators with their art and interesting conversation.  The event culminated on Sunday with an auction of finished pieces.  Thanks to the hard work of all involved, the event raised $3,000 to benefit the non-profit Cooksville Community Center to aid in the preservation of the historic Cooksville Schoolhouse (home of the community center) and fund various local activities such as educational programs, children’s activities, and historical tours.

Let the Carving Commence

~*~ The Auction ~*~
Auctioneer, Ryan George

~*~ The End ~*~

     See You Next Year!