This is of a Lion Cub for a client in central London. We were delighted to be able to finally deliver this little cutie to his ‘forever’ home near Regents Park in Central London earlier this month. He had been keeping us company at our workshop for a little while whilst we figured out the best time to deliver him into the jungle that is our glorious capital! I am pleased to say that all went off without a hitch and he now looks rather splendid in his new surroundings!
Exciting start to 2018!
A very happy new year to you all!
We hope that your January so far has been really brilliant and not blue at all.
Ours has been crazy cool, with lots of commissions, meetings, networking and travel, but the most exciting thing 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 and there will be some fantastic video footage being released in early March, so watch this space!
It’s been 13 years since the moment I decided to sculpt for a living, and here’s the sculpture that triggered it!
“Sleeping Girl”, was my very first competition entry, at the inaugural English Open Chainsaw Competition.
It placed 3rd, and gave me the confidence boost to create a business from what I had begun to love as a pastime.
It’s been a rollercoaster of an adventure and I’m blessed to be able to make a living from doing something that I love!
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.
Well, what a month so far and we are only 2 weeks in!
The month started with Simon and Dan finishing off the Oak Plinth that Dan made and Simon engraved, for the Senydd in Cardiff….
….Now that it’s actually there and installed and it’s had it’s big reveal we can actually talk about it publicly! 🙂
Basically, we were asked as a company to create a wooden plinth for a beautiful chair that was generously being donated by some students in Flanders, Belguim, as a gift to the Senydd, to celebrate the life of, Hedd Wyn, a Welsh-language poet who was killed on the first day of the Battle of Passchendaele during World War I. He was posthumously awarded the bard’s chair at the 1917 National Eisteddfod, and it was felt fitting to make a chair from Oak found at the site where he fell 100 years ago.
The plinth was being made made from some Oak sleepers, found in the grounds of Hedd Wyn’s historical family home in Trawsfynydd, North West Wales, and we were honoured to be approached by the National Trust to make the plinth for the chair to sit on at the Senydd.
Needless to say all went well and Dan and Simon did a wonderful job.
Here is a picture of Dan enjoying the unveiling of the chair and plinth at the Senydd last week.
The other very exciting thing for November so far has been the wonderful Story trail that Simon has written and created for a community group in Ellesmere Port.
The story for the trail was written by Simon a couple of months ago, and once approved by the group, made into a stunning wooden trail that you can follow around the woodland.
The grand unveiling for the trail is on Saturday 25th November in the afternoon and people are very welcome to attend and to even lend a hand with tree planting if they so wish!
Please contact Andy, the group co-ordinator on the Facebook page below for more details.
That’s all for now, but details of where you can see Simon carving over the next few weeks up until Christmas are available here:
Have a fab few weeks everybody and we’ll be back soon with some Ho Ho Ho! 🙂
ONLY 40 SLEEPS TO GO!!! So get those Christmas orders in quick! 🙂
Simon, Liz, Dan and team at Simon O’Rourke Ltd.
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!
Well after the craziness of RHS Tatton, you would have thought that we might have put our feet up a little bit and had a rest…… Nothing could be farther from the truth! After the success of Tatton, we then embarked on the ‘Fab Four’ project and the ‘Ark’ exhibition in Liverpool and Chester respectively. Needless to say that the Beatles sculptures went down very well indeed in their home city, and much fun was had at Chester Cathedral making junk and nature sculptures with the families who signed up to the free workshops that were put on as part of the ‘Ark’ sculpture exhibition which is actually still on until October 10th.
Following all of that is now the Landscape 2017 expo in London, www.landscapeshow.co.uk/, and then the Llangollen food festival, www.llangollenfoodfestival.com/, as well as lots and lots of exciting and varied projects in between times! Phew! 🙂
The Beatles Sculptures are still currently up for auction… we believe! There was a high bid of £15,000 put in a week or so ago and we are just waiting to hear if this is the final bid or whether someone else may still pip this current bidder to the post! All monies from the sale of the Beatles Sculptures are going to the very worthwhile Variety Club Children’s Charity GB.
Any more bids over £15k to @pierheadvillageliverpool please via their facebook page, thank you!
We’ll be back again soon with more updates from our crazy world!
So last month was pretty epic! As a company we had the honour of being involved with not one, but TWO, RHS Tatton Charity Show Gardens; one with a Sculptural contribution, and one with a furniture contribution…and we are thrilled to announce that both gardens won awards, one with a Gold medal and the other with a Silver Gilt medal! To say we are thrilled is an understatement! Huge thanks goes to Denise Shields and Actual Landscapes who invited us to sculpt the piece for the Crohns and Colitis Awareness garden, ‘Facing Fear, Finding Hope’ and also to Jane Bingham of The Cheshire Garden, and Greenbelt Landscapes for asking us to create the seating for the Mid Cheshire Hospital‘s ‘Remember Me’ garden.
‘Alone’ sculpture by Simon O’Rourke for the ‘Facing Fear, Finding Hope’ garden – Gold Medal Winner.
Seating by Daniel Barnes for the ‘Remember Me’ garden – Silver Gilt Medal Winner.
- Carpentry Projects
- Fantasy Sculpture
- Historical Sculpture
- Human Form
- Iconic figures
- Sculpture Projects
- Wildlife Sculpture
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