A Bespoke James Bond Sculpture for an Amazing Local Charity

My first finished sculpture of this year is a bespoke James Bond sculpture – with a twist. Well, technically it’s a wall hanging, but what’s in a word?! I’ve made it to help raise funds for an incredible local charity, The Movement Centre based at Robert Jones & Agnes Hunto Orthopaedic Hospital. And – something … 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

Chainsaw and Brush Giant Hand of Vyrnwy Prints

This week on social media, we were excited to launch Simon’s latest collaboration: Chainsaw and Brush. In this week’s blog, we share what it’s all about, and how it began. We’ll also share (importantly!), how you can purchase Chainsaw and Brush art for your home. What is Chainsaw and Brush?! At its most basic, Chainsaw … Read more

FAQs: How Long Will My Wood Sculpture Last?

How long will my wood sculpture last? Picture shows side by side photos of a stylised woman's face sculpture to show the aging process. Photo one is warm, with lots of yellow and orange tones. The second has much more depth and is more grey in tone.

Diary of a chainsaw carver – The ticking clock… No this isn’t about actual clocks, although Simon did create a working longcase clock once!! This is actually about a question Simon is often asked: How will my wood sculpture age? And it’s a very valid question. They say time waits for no man, and it … Read more

How to Commission A Sculpture

How to commission a sculpture: picture shows a side by side of Simon O'rourke's original sketch and a finished sculpture of George and the Dragon. Minor changes were made to accomodate the flaws in the wood

How do I commission a sculpture? If you find yourself thinking about commissioning a bespoke wood sculpture, you may be wondering where to start. The first thing is I want to make it as easy as possible for you to commission your own sculpture! So this is how I guide you through that process… How … Read more

What To Do With A Diseased Tree

What to do with a diseased tree? SImon O'Rourke created this sculpture of a dragon emerging from a tree trunk out of an ash killed by ash dieback

Trees contribute massively to a landscape’s value, so it’s important to take care of them. In fact, if you have a tree you suspect may be diseased and need some help, you can read this blog about how to deal with the most common tree diseases. However, sometimes there is nothing that can be done … Read more

Fan Art Series: Movie Based Sculptures

Radagast the Brown by Simon O'Rourke. Radagast is on of his movie based sculptures.

This week we return to our Fan Art Series. In Part One we looked at sculptures based on literature. Then, in Part Two we shared some of Simon’s TV themed sculptures. This week, in Part Three, we are going to re-visit some of the movie based sculptures Simon has created over the years… Movie Based … Read more

TV Themed Sculptures

tv themed sculptures: egg case for game of thrones by simon o'rourke

Last week we began a series of blogs sharing some of Simon’s ‘fan art‘. That is, sculptures he has made over the years based on books, tv, music, sports, etc. Strictly speaking, it isn’t ‘fan art’ as Simon himself may not be the fan, but rather the client. The description kind of fits though! Last … Read more

Sculptures based on Literature: Fan Art Series

Alice in Wonderland booth carved by Simon O'Rourke for Steak of the Art

Over the years, Simon has created many sculptures based on literature. They have been for a range of settings, including libraries, schools, National Trust property, and even restaurants! No two pieces are alike, even when they are based on the same book. Simon has been asked to carve figures from several different genres, and include … Read more