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

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

Crohn’s Inspired Sculpture

crohn's inspired sculpture of a man with head in hands reflecting despair

Next week is Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week in the UK (1st – 7th Dec 2021). Their theme is ‘Your Story Matters’ and Crohn’s and Colitis UK are encouraging everyone to share their story; patients, carers, supporters, nurses – anyone with a connection. Back in 2017, Simon created a Crohn’s inspired sculpture for an award-winning … Read more

Top Chainsaw Carving Events

Simon o'rourke working on a carved throne with jungle patterns at zandsculpturenfestijn, one of his top chainsaw carving events

When there isn’t a global pandemic, summer is chainsaw carving event season! There are lots of great events around, and lots of reasons to go and visit. In our blog ‘Tips for Getting Started in Chainsaw Carving‘, Simon recommended watching other artists carve as a way of learning and growing in your art. Even if … Read more

A Sculpture for All Seasons – Sculptures in the Snow

sculptures in the snow: Viking raid by Simon O'Rourke, depicting a viking kidnapping a young woman

One of the lovely things about a wooden outdoor sculpture is how they change with the seasons. Obviously, there is weathering which changes their appearance over time. But even the different lighting and weather gives the sculpture a different look as the seasons change. Our recent wintery weather prompted people to post a few of … Read more

English Open Chainsaw Competition Entries Through the Years

moving wood sculpture of a dragon by simon o'rourke

Can you believe it’s already the August bank holiday weekend?! Time is definitely doing funny things! This weekend is a landmark in the Chainsaw Carving calendar, as it’s normally the English Open Chainsaw Competition. The competition is part of the Cheshire Game and Country Fair, and Simon has taken part many times over the last … Read more

Huskycup Through the Years

The finished head

An annual highlight in the chainsaw carving calendar is The Huskycup. Every summer chainsaw carvers from around the world descend on Blockhausen in Dorfschemnitz and the sawdust starts flying! We absolutely recommend a visit at least once in a lifetime! As you might expect, this summer’s event has sadly been cancelled. But never fear! Just … Read more

English Open Chainsaw Carving Competition 2019

The August bank holiday means one thing in the Tree Carving Calendar – The English Open Chainsaw Carving Competition! This year it took place at the Cheshire Game and Country Fair during one of our warmest weekends of the year. We’re happy to announce that Simon took a first and second place! THE COMPETITION Simon … Read more

Skulptur Rabatz: A Cacophony of Carvers!

Skulptur Rabatz¬†2019¬†certainly lived up to its name! ‘Rabatz’ translates as ‘din’, and with 13 simultaneous sculptures in production, there certainly was a ‘din’! There was also a lot of fun, community, and creativity on show at this event hosted by Florian Lindner. Florian is a well-known character in the tree carving world. He hosts an … Read more