I suspect this is a sculpture of the Whitehorse Rapids (the city's namesake). Garters are a big part of Rendezvous. Without one (or a beard or a Rendezvous button), you might get thrown into jail by the Keystone Cops. Doesn't it make you wonder, though, how they managed to get one onto that horse?
The Sundog Carvers were there. It's great seeing these young carvers try new mediums and grow as artists.
Another Sundog carving. She may look friendly, but she's actually quite frigid.
The front of another Sundog carving...
...and the back. I think the foil inside of its mouth would have been put there so they could light a coloured flame, which would have looked pretty neat.
This carving, which I think was the most technically difficult, was done by the team from Finland.
It can't have been easy to carve the stalks for the lilly pads without them breaking.
The team from Alaska (Skagway), always manages to carve an entertaining sculpture. In this one, "The Beaver's Dream", a man sits in his cabin while a couple of beavers eat it - and him.
Chewing on a wooden leg.
A cabin complete with wood in the wood stove. They did a great job on their textures.
A tribute to the "iron horse".
A fishing bear.
And finally, what I consider to be the most impressive sculpture at the Challenge. The "Winter Queen" (not sure of the actual title), is very large - and it's not easy to keep such clean and flowing lines in a carving that big. Unfortunately, the pictures don't portray its size very well. The smaller details go a long way to giving the carving some depth. This is one of those carvings that just makes you want to imagine an epic story in distant lands...
The minarets were made by filling balloons with water, allowing them to freeze part way, and then draining the rest of the unfrozen water out of the frozen shell.