Helpful Tips for Creating Drapery on a Chainsaw Carved Sculpture

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Drapery has always been a pursuit of perfection for artists, particularly sculptors. Crafted well, drapery can add feel and emotion to sculpture, and I’m always aspiring to get it right. That’s right, I said “aspiring”. I’m still learning! Although I’m still looking to improve my craft, there are some things I’ve learned from over a decade … Read more

Helpful Tips for Carving Hands

The Giant Hand of Vyrnwy is, without a doubt, my best-known sculpture. It’s basically what the name suggests; a 50′ hand carved into a storm-damaged tree on the Vyrnwy estate.In 2022, I also created something similar in Allai (Sardinia) called A Hand Between Sky and Earth. Add to those the countless sculptures of people that … Read more

Making the Most of Your Timber as a Chainsaw Carver

I think most artists and craftspeople agree that it’s important to avoid waste when it comes to the materials we use. I’m very conscious that as a chainsaw carver, timber is a precious commodity. Whilst there will always be trees that need felling because of death, disease or danger (you can read more about my … Read more

Simple Practices to Help you Stay Healthy as a Chainsaw Carver

I think we all know that every career comes with its benefits and struggles. Creating sculptures with chainsaws is no different! I’ve found it’s important to be intentional about taking care of my health as a carver. This is for both my immediate wellbeing and comfort, but also for longevity. A couple of recent health-related … Read more

Helpful Tips for Constructing Large Sculptures: A Step by Step Guide to Flat Joints

I’m back with another of my Tips & Tricks Blogs with some (hopefully!) useful tips for fellow sculptors! Hopefully others find it interesting too though! I’ve recently completed a large dragon sculpture that needed several pieces adding on. I thought I’d walk you through that process and share some tips for constructing large sculptures. I … Read more