Different Styles of Dragon Sculptures I’ve Made

I’ve had dragons on the brain recently! And on the studio floor! If you follow me on social media, you may have seen my recent Redwood Dragon sculpture. I’m also working on another dragon sculpture at the moment which is going to breathe fire! Dragons are a fun subject for a sculpture and obviously there’s … Read more

How to Create Texture on a Sculpture: Six Examples for Chainsaw Carvers

People often ask why I don’t use any kind of colour or finish on my sculptures (I explain that a bit here). I’m also often asked how I create certain effects on my sculptures. If you’ve ever wondered about either (or both!) of these things, this is the blog for you! Keep reading for some … 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

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

Love Leading the Pilgrim Sculpture

close up of the angel's head and shoulders from Simon O'Rourke's Love Leading the Pilgrim Sculpture

This week Simon installed his Love Leading the Pilgrim sculpture at Biddulph Old Hall. It’s been popular on social media, so we wanted to share more about the sculpture and the story behind it. It’s fascinating! A big thank you to client Brian Vowles for his input on the blog this week.     Meet … 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

Bill Badger Sculpture and Bench

bill badger sculpture and bench in simon o'rourke's workshop

Did you see our hint on Wednesday about the sculpture for today’s blog? We showed the legs and asked people on social media to guess who/what it was. There were some great answers! Your guesses included Charlie Chaplin, Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Bilbo Baggins and even Postman Pat! Somebody came close with Rupert Bear, … Read more