Events

Summer events!!

Summer events!! 150 150 Simon O'Rourke

It’s going to be a very busy summer for us, involving the Beatles, dragons, nature sculpture and more!

Here’s the definitive list…

Artist residency at Erddig: July 11th and 12th August dates tbc…

The Rhug Country Fair: July 8th and 9th

Sculpture and outdoor furniture featured in two Tatton RHS gardens: July 19th – 23rd

Woodfest Country Show: July 29th and 30th

Junk sculpture and Nature sculpture workshops at Chester Cathedral: Every Friday in August

Creating a 3 metre sculpture at Chester Cathedral: every Saturday in August

Creating the Beatles at Pier Head Village in Liverpool: 12pm – 6pm, August 6th, August 13th, August 27th, August 28th

Hemlock the Dragon, appearing at the Denbigh Show: August 17th

Landscape 2017 in Battersea: September 19th and 20th

Halloween trail at Erddig National Trust: October

Pumpkin Carving Workshops at Hamper Food Festival Llangollen: October 14th and 15th

November Catch Up

November Catch Up 150 150 Simon O'Rourke

little girl carvingThis month has gone in such a flash! Let me see if I can summarize it all… there were more speed carvings completed in Japan  – such as the little girl sculpture, pictured. Back in the UK, there was a bear for the second Clatterbridge charity carving. More recently in the month, I made an angel in oak based on the ‘Pool of Bethesda’ painting, and a Gryphon for the Alice in Wonderland trail at Erddig National Trust in Wrexham, plus I’ve started work on an unusual alien commission.

December, of course, is a mega-busy month for most people and we here at Tree Craving central are no exception. Simon’s diary is all booked up until the end of January, with highlights including school Christmas fairs, and the Wrexham Street Festival on December 3rd.

Japan Update

Japan Update 150 150 Simon O'Rourke

wolf carvingLike I was saying in my last post, I’m in Japan at the moment and having a blast.

The whole event is called the 2nd Takacho Carving Collection and was kicked off by the Japanese carvers having a two-day competition. I helped at that and did a little teaching session on carving the human face. Now I’m busy sculpting a set of wolves, myself, and enjoying collaborating with a lot of talented others.

On an entirely different note, though: for my second Clatterbridge Corporate Challenge auction piece, I’m taking bids in advance so that the winner can decide the design. More info here.

Greetings from the Other Side! (of the planet)

Greetings from the Other Side! (of the planet) 150 150 Simon O'Rourke

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My wife, Liz, and I are off to Japan today for a carving competition. Last year’s trip was fantastic, and I’m sure this one will be just as great – if not, better! We’ll be away for two weeks, but will still keep the blog and our social media up to date while we’re gone.

See you on the other side!

Live Carving Demos at Events

Live Carving Demos at Events 150 150 Simon O'Rourke

carvings-for-collectionThe other day, I set out three small-ish carvings, ready for collection (pictured left). One of them – the bear in the background – I did as a twenty-minute quick-carve as part of the fundraising event we had for Macmillan.

Between the coffee morning and the silent auction, we raised £335, and that’s not including gift aid!

Speaking of speed-carving for charity, though, I did another twenty-minute piece for a networking event recently, too (see here).

I’m bringing a sculpture of a hawk, similar to the one pictured, with me to Llangollen Food Festival this weekend. And I’ll be live carving Wrexham Street Festival on October 29th, as well.

I hope to see you soon!

Etsy Store Now Open!

Etsy Store Now Open! 150 150 Simon O'Rourke

handmade-personalized-carvingI’m very pleased to announce that Off The Wall by Simon, my brand new Etsy store, is now open!

Please click the link above to see the first set of handmade, one-of-a-kind items.

Currently, there is an offer running, meaning that when you order three items, you’ll get the cheapest absolutely free!

Want to see the range of gifts I offer in person? You’ll get a chance this upcoming weekend (1st and 2nd October) when I’ll be at the Erddig Apple Festival with Hemlock the dragon!

Milestones!

Milestones! 150 150 Simon O'Rourke

Things are pretty exciting over here at Tree Carving HQ.

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I’ve been carving full-time almost ten years and, as if to celebrate, my official Facebook page has just passed the 10,000 likes mark!

What do I have planned, going forward? An Etsy store! There should be news on that soon but, in the meantime, cake!

On Friday (30th September), I’m hosting a fundraiser for Macmillian Cancer Care in my workshop. Come on down for coffee, cake, and chainsaw carving!