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Exciting start to 2018!

Exciting start to 2018! 150 150 Simon O'Rourke

A very happy new year to you all! We hope that your January so far has been really brilliant and not blue at all. At Tree Carving we’ve definitely had an exciting start to 2018.

It’s been crazy cool, with lots of commissions, meetings, networking and travel. The most exciting thing though was having the Stihl GB team come to film Simon with their fab marketing team and film crew, HROC!

Here’s a couple of snaps from the day a couple of weeks ago. There will be some fantastic video footage being released in early March too, so watch this space!

And whatever you are doing, we hope it’s been an exciting start to 2018 for you too!

Ruby the Owl and her Sculpture Trail!

Ruby the Owl and her Sculpture Trail! 150 150 Simon O'Rourke

This week we installed an entire sculpture trail!!

This isn’t just any sculpture trail, it follows a story as you move from one sculpture to another.

I was commissioned by the Friends Of Meadow Park to create a sculpture trail, funded by Tesco Bags Funding!

I decided to write a unique children’s story and illustrate it with carvings. The story is in poem form and follows the story of Ruby the owl, looking for the perfect home!

It went down very well and plans are afoot to produce a children’s book to accompany the trail.

Ruby Meets a Squirrel in the meadow park woodland sculpture trails by simon o'rourke

 

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! We’ve been working hard, so it’s great to have some Autumnal fun!

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. Simon and I also attended the Llangollen food festival,  where the general public got to ride Hemlock the Dragon in aid of the Welsh Air Ambulance service. 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!

 

 

 

 

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

An Alien, a Dragon, and some Fairies

An Alien, a Dragon, and some Fairies 150 150 Simon O'Rourke

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The alien sculpture I said I was working on in my last blog post has now been oiled and installed. I hope to get a timelapse video of the carve up at some soon, but for now there’s a short video of it in place on Facebook, if you want to have a look.

In November, Dan completed an oak kitchen made from 1850’s church pews. Now two other pews have been restored and are for sale.

Meanwhile, the Wrexham Street Festival went off without a hitch. Thanks to ‘Ginger Cat’ on Twitter for the photo of Hemlock the dragon on display.

Click here to see a video of an optical illusion sculpture of birds/fairies I made!

Signs and Shire Horses

Signs and Shire Horses 150 150 Simon O'Rourke

This week has all been about making signs and shire horses. Well, one shire horse anyway!

You might have seen my evolution of a shire horse blog last week. Having finally finished the to-scale shire horse sculpture (pictured below), I’ve now started work on a carving of a Norman soldier.

Recently, I also got a brand new laser engraver, so I’ve been playing round making some signs. Hence the title of the blog! If you need a sign for your house or shop, let me know! I’m really happy with the one I made for myself. What do you think?

It’s definitely been a good week working on signs and shire horses here. Hope yours has been a good one too!

Want even more details on what I’ve been up to? Read my most recent newsletter.

Signs and shire horses blog by simon o'rourke: carved logo

signs and shire horses blog: completed shire horse by simon o'rourke

Evolution of a Horse

Evolution of a Horse 150 150 Simon O'Rourke

Below is a series of photos documenting the steps of the evolution of a horse sculpture, so far.

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One: The timber!

 

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Two: The main shape

 

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Three: adding details

 

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Four: Adding legs

As you can see, the evolution of THIS horse still has a way to go before it’s complete! We hope you enjoy seeing these early steps though. Watch out for the finished piece!