Unique Chainsaw Carving Fantasy Bird Table

wood bird table. the roof is 'disney palace' style with a dragon curved around.

This week on my social media I shared a photo of half of my recent chainsaw carving fantasy bird table. I asked people to guess who was underneath, but nobody got it! The answer is…Mickey Mouse! I thought I’d share some of the process and background in this week’s blog as my reveal… Chainsaw Carving … Read more

Buster Sword Tree Sculpture For The New Final Fantasy VII

simon o'rourke with the buster sword tree sculpture

Sometimes a sculpture is exciting because the subject is a challenge or I get to try a new skill. And sometimes a sculpture is exciting because of the story, the background, the historic connections. My latest ‘reveal’ (the Final Fantasy VII Buster Sword tree sculpture) is one of those… Background to the Buster Sword Tree … Read more

Commssioning Unique Chainsaw Carving Christmas Gifts

It’s always great when a client appreciates your work enough to return for another sculpture. Even more so when they enjoy it enough that they want to gift it to others! That’s what happened with one private client I’ve created sculptures for in the past. And so, over the last few weeks, I’ve been working … Read more

Highclere Castle Green Man Sculpture

This week’s blog is about a special commission from earlier this year: the Highclere Castle Green Man sculpture. Our Connection with Highclere It’s not every day an artist gets to create something for a place as well-known and prestigious as Highclere (aka Downton Abbey!). So how did this commission come about? The answer is… a … Read more

An Elephant and Calf Sculpture in Cypress

Last Friday was World Elephant Day which made it the perfect day for unveiling one of my latest pieces: An elephant and calf sculpture in Cypress. The sculpture is popular among my social media followers, so I thought I’d share a bit about the story. Thanks to my client for their help with this blog. … Read more

Lord of the Rings Book Sculpture

Chainsaw carvers Simon O'Rourke and Matthew Crabb stand with their finished Lord of the Rings Book sculpture, a collaborative project. The sculpture is a 10' open book (carved with elfish text) with a hand and quill writing on the page. A 4' sculpture of frodo baggins stands on the other page, and a sculpture of gollum is crawling out from underneath the book.

Over the jubilee weekend, Simon took part in a lovely carving event. Working as Titan Arcadia, he and fellow carver Matt Crabb created a stunning sculpture at the Burghley Game & Country Show. Keep reading for the full story behind the incredible Lord of the Rings book sculpture they made…     What is Titan … Read more

Wellington Heath Jubilee Sculpture

What else could we blog about on this Jubilee weekend, but the Wellington Heath Jubilee sculpture?! As the BBC reported, the sculpture actually commemorates not just one, but two jubilee celebrations. A doubly suitable subject for this weekend’s blog! Background to the Wellington Heath Jubilee Sculpture How exactly does this one sculpture commemorate two royal … Read more

2022 Sandringham Cup Winner

simon o'rourke standing next to 2022 sandringham cup winner, 'Ascension'. She is a 9' tall ethereal female form, thinly veiled and looking upwards, ascending yet held back slightly by her veil. There is lots of sawdust and a gazebo in the background as she is freshly carved. Simon is holding his prize cup

The May bank holiday weekend marked a return to competitive carving for Simon after a four-year break. And he didn’t just compete! His sculpture ‘Ascension’ was spectacular and he earned the title of 2022 Sandringham Cup winner.     Sandringham Cup Before talking about the sculpture that made Simon the 2022 Sandringham Cup winner, what … Read more

A Hand Between Sky and Earth Sculpture

close up of the palm of simon o'rourke's wooden A Hand Between Sky and Earth sculpture in Allai

Today is Earth Day 2022 so I’m going to share one of my most recent sculptures with an environmental message: A Hand Between Sky and Earth.     Earth Day 2022 Before I jump into the story of the A Hand Between Sky and Earth sculpture, what is Earth Day? And why is it relevant? … Read more