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A Phoenix Arises 150 150 Simon O'Rourke

A Phoenix Arises

There’s something very poetic about this week’s featured sculpture, where a phoenix arises from a Douglas Fir. Unlike many commissions where a tree is damaged…

A Hydra Rising 150 150 Simon O'Rourke

A Hydra Rising

The Commission Last week Simon was in Surrey completing a private commission for a client: A Hydra rising from the ground. The nature of tree…

Downton Revisited: The Highclere Castle Airman 150 150 Simon O'Rourke

Downton Revisited: The Highclere Castle Airman

The Visit No, our blog title doesn’t refer to the movie released this weekend. We mean the real life setting for the series and movie:…

Those Autumn Leaves – Enjoying The Changing Season 150 150 Simon O'Rourke

Those Autumn Leaves – Enjoying The Changing Season

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” In this quote Albert Camus describes beautifully the stunning displays of colour that we…

English Open Chainsaw Competition 2019 150 150 Simon O'Rourke

English Open Chainsaw Competition 2019

The August bank holiday means one thing in the Tree Carving Calendar – The English Open Chainsaw Carving Competition! This year it took place at…

A New Bird In Town: The R Charity Liver Bird 150 150 Simon O'Rourke

A New Bird In Town: The R Charity Liver Bird

This week we want to share with you one of Simon’s latest projects: the R Charity Liver Bird. For those who have never heard of…

Radagast the Brown, (Blue and Pink). 150 150 Simon O'Rourke

Radagast the Brown, (Blue and Pink).

Isn’t he amazing?! Meet Radagast the Brown!   Simon recently worked on this sculpture of Radagast the Brown from Tolkien’s ‘Lord of the Rings’. We…

Skulptur Rabatz: A Cacophony of Carvers! 150 150 Simon O'Rourke

Skulptur Rabatz: A Cacophony of Carvers!

Skulptur Rabatz 2019 certainly lived up to its name! ‘Rabatz’ translates as ‘din’, and with 13 simultaneous sculptures in production, there certainly was a ‘din’! There was…

The Rauschwitz Angel 150 150 Simon O'Rourke

The Rauschwitz Angel

Germany has a big tree carving tradition, and throughout the year there are events, festivals and competitions. We love that we get to be part…

A Bavarian Fairy Tale 150 150 Simon O'Rourke

A Bavarian Fairy Tale

The Event Every two years friends of ours organise and host ‘Allgauer Schnitzevent‘ in the Bavaria region of Germany. As well as tree carving, there’s…

Viewing Our Lady of Pen Llyn 150 150 Simon O'Rourke

Viewing Our Lady of Pen Llyn

Our Lady of Pen Llyn One of the beautiful things about art, is that while the artist may have a vision or message, it speaks…