This is of a Lion Cub for a client in central London. We were delighted to finally deliver this little cutie to his ‘forever’ home. He made the trip from Wales to Regents Park in Central London earlier this month. He was 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! Happily, the delivery went smoothly. He looks rather splendid in his new surroundings!
Simon and our apprentice Paul, working on the sculpture trail for Forest Fawr, Cardiff… It was all hands on deck after Simon was off work for 2-3 weeks with an infected knee in February. We were so grateful for Paul being available to lend a hand to get the woodland sculpture trail finished in time! When it comes to getting things done, it’s definite that teamwork is the name of the game. Thanks bud!
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. 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!
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.
It’s time for our November update, And, well, what a month so far! And we are only 2 weeks in! November certainly got going with a bang!!!
The Senedd Project
The month started with Simon and Dan finishing off the Oak Plinth. This was a team project, which Dan made and Simon engraved for the Senedd in Cardiff…
It’s been in the background for a while, but we couldn’t say anything. Now that it’s actually there and installed we can actually talk about it publicly!
Basically, we received a commission to make a wooden plinth. But not just any plinth! This was commissioned for a beautiful chair that was gifted to the Senedd. The whole thing was generously donated by some students in Flanders, Belgium, to celebrate the life of Hedd Wyn, a Welsh-language poet. He was posthumously awarded the bard’s chair at the 1917 National Eisteddfod, so it was fitting to make a chair from Oak found at the site where he fell 100 years ago.
The plinth was made from some Oak sleepers, found in the grounds of Hedd Wyn’s historical family home in Trawsfynydd, North West Wales. It was an honour to be approached by the National Trust for this project.
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.
Meadow Park Sculpture Trail
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.
- 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
Erddig National Trust!
As artist in residence I will be producing a carving for the National Trust that will be auctioned off to raise money for the charity!
The dates I will be carving this piece are on the 11th and 12th of July, so come and watch!
I’m also carving some smaller pieces on the 4th and 5th so anyone is welcome to come and see me in action!
Here’s a couple of pieces I’ve created so far, inspired by the wonderful property and it’s history…