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Autumnal fun!

Autumnal fun! 150 150 Simon O'Rourke

The wonderful fruits of the season are upon us, and boy have we been enjoying them!

September saw us heading down to London for Landscape 2017,  our very first landscape and design trade show. That was really good fun and we made some good contacts.

October has been busy making an apple trail for Erddig house, Wrexham,  where Simon’s ‘Artist in Residency’ is going very well indeed, and he has also been making a large bespoke sculpture trail for a community group on the Wirral that he has written the actual story for.

This colourful month has also had Dan making some stunning Oak table legs for our new friends at Concrete designs in Cheshire, and Simon and I attending the Llangollen food festival,  where the general public got to ride Hemlock the Dragon in aid of the Welsh Air Ambulance service,  and others registered to take part in the first official Welsh pumpkin carving championships that Simon proudly precided over.

Winner to be announced on Halloween!

Other exciting news is that our Shop page is now LIVE on our website, and so you can now see all the fab items we have for sale in our mezzanine gallery at the workshop!!

Off now for a very well earned few days rest whilst Dan holds the fort!

More adventures soon!

 

 

 

 

We Also Make Furniture!

We Also Make Furniture! 150 150 Simon O'Rourke

Most of the news focus has naturally been on my sculpture work, but there’s so much more to the business!

I employed Daniel Barnes over two years ago, primarily to create furniture from the wonderful left over timber from my sculptures…

Take a look here at a few of the beautiful items Daniel has made…

Website Relaunch!

Website Relaunch! 150 150 Simon O'Rourke

Welcome, website visitors old and new, to this – my new website!

In the coming days I’ll be getting back to posting updates on all the different projects I’m working on but, for now, the big news is that TreeCarving.co.uk has got a facelift. What do you think?

I’m personally very chuffed with the result, and I want to thank Fotofire LTD for all their hard work.

In the Air Again

In the Air Again 150 150 Simon O'Rourke

I am currently on my way to Denmark as one half of the UK team taking part in the Blokhus Sculpture festival. (Harry Thomas is the other half.)

While I’m away, I’ve uploaded a couple of YouTube videos to keep you entertained and up to date (here and here).

And, as always, you can follow me on Facebook and Instagram for more regular updates.

 

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Sculpture Sketches

Sculpture Sketches 150 150 Simon O'Rourke

Now back home in Wales after all the fun that was the Husky Cup, I’m doing a few on-site jobs and just generally getting back into things. Today, I thought I’d share some sketches with you – I always draw things up before carving.

So, below is a sketch of a historical commission I have coming up.

 

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You can find sketches of my winning entry from last week over here, on my Facebook Page.

Viking Attack!

Viking Attack! 150 150 Simon O'Rourke

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Quick update from here at the Husky Cup: the theme for this year is Vikings attacking an English village. You can see how I’m getting on with my response in the photo, below. Definitely an emotional one. These were violent and turbulent times and some viewers may find the topic disturbing – be warned!

TV Appearance

TV Appearance 150 150 Simon O'Rourke

I was featured in episode two of the new series ofCoast and Country, a Welsh TV program that was aired on Monday night. If you’re in the UK, you canwatch it here – my segment starts at about sixteen and a half minutes in.

And, in other news, Tattybogle has finally been unveiled in Caia Woods! You can read the article about that on The Leader website, here.

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More Project Updates – March ’16

More Project Updates – March ’16 150 150 Simon O'Rourke

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I’m finding it hard to believe it’s been almost a month since I last updated you on all the projects I’ve been getting on with, but the calendar assures me it’s true (you can read last month’s round-up here). Time flies, as they say, so let’s jump right in.

Last weekend I had some artwork on display in Preston, as part of the Best of Britannia North event – pictured left (photo courtesy of  ‘smallworksofart’ on Instagram).

I’ve also carved sculptures of everything from a WW1 soldier, a rocking medieval minstrel, and a harp complete with wind chimes for stings.

Plus, the lighthouse I made (that was featured in my last round-up) was put together with some sheep carvings and installed at a Haven Holiday Park.

I’m particularly proud of this signage I made, as well – pictured below.

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Custom Carvings for Emotional Events

Custom Carvings for Emotional Events 150 150 Simon O'Rourke

I carve statues, signs, jewelry, and everything in between. I carve for fun projects, competitions, and serious events. There’s a good variety, and balance, to it; as exemplified best through these two pieces:

An elephant, in ash, as a memorial for a young lad killed in a motorbike accident (the carving contains his ashes, inside).

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And this, a set of three Wallace and Gromit themed sculptures that brought tears to a birthday girl’s eyes.

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It really is a privilege, to do the job I do. To spread a little happiness, beauty, and comfort through art.

 

Lots of Goings On!

Lots of Goings On! 150 150 Simon O'Rourke

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Things have been busy this year, already. Since this time last month, I’ve been working solidly and simultaneously on three separate construction projects. The photo above shows just how crowded my workshop has become, as result, but the photos below should give you some sense of what I’m working on. Full details soon!

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