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

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

Elan Valley Sculpture Trail

At the start of October, I partnered with fellow carvers Paul Edwards and Matthew Crabb to create the Elan Valley Sculpture trail. It was rainy, cold, and grey but the bad weather didn’t distract from the beauty of the area. Keep reading to find out more about the project… About the Elan Valley The Elan … 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

Sculptures for World Book Day

Sculptures for world book day by Simon O'Rourke. An Owl sits on top of a tower of books in a 'totem pole' style sculpture.

If you have school-aged children you will know next Thursday is World Book Day. We’ve actually heard it might be the most dreaded day of the school year!!! Based on all the Facebook posts of the last-minute scrambling to find a costume, we that could easily be true! Costume-panic aside though, the mission of World … Read more

Ruby the Owl and her Sculpture Trail!

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 … Read more