|The year 2000 has been an interesting year for me creatively. Garden sculptures commissioned include giant toadstools, Tibetan looking pinnacles, no less than four owls on posts and a large welded steel sculpture simply titled 'Orb'.
have recently completed a life- size female torso in Brown Oak.
I now work mainly to commission and this year have exhibited and sold my work at the 'Mythic Garden' , an outdoor sculpture exhibition on Dartmoor, as well as exhibiting for Somerset arts Week and attending various craft fayres.I first started woodcarving in 1984 at the age of twenty-one , when I served an apprenticeship with a Rocking Horse maker in South Devon, during which time I acquired my first carving tools and began to develop my own style in my spare time. I became fascinated with Celtic design and much of my early work includes mirror frames, furniture and pierced ornamental screens carved with Celtic knotwork mixed with organic forms and Pagan Symbolism.
From 1987 to 1974 I was living "on the road" in a bus with a mobile workshop, travelling around the country selling my wares at festivals, fayres and roadsides. During this time I soon discovered the potential of my chainsaw as a carving tool.
Since settling in Winsham in 1994 and being able to set up a better equipped workshop, I have continued to make ornate carved mirrors and wall hangings and have even made a few Rocking Horses (for old times sake!). Over the years my work has found homes in Europe, Australia and the USA.
More recently my interest has turned to creating larger sculptural pieces, and I have developed this side of my work to the present day. I like the dynamic nature of the chainsaw and other powered tools, at least for the roughing out stages of my sculptures. Despite the noise and dust created, progress is made quickly and I can shape the wood in a more fluent and gestural way than the old way of bashing away with gouge and mallet. Nevertheless, you can't beat the finish created by razor sharp traditional hand tools, so nearly all my work is finished in this way.
All my pieces are Original one-offs and my style (so it has been said) is organic, quirky and often with a touch of humour. I am greatly inspired by the simple organic forms found in nature and love to create something with a certain presence to enrich and compliment a beautiful garden setting.
I remain available for commissions and am always happy to discuss any ideas people have.(Left Click on images for larger pictures)
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