Six Chainsaw Carving Sculptures to See in Scotland

It’s been amazing to travel so much as part of my career as an artist. I’m often invited to different parts of the Uk (and even overseas) to transform dead or damaged trees into beautiful sculptures. I also frequently transport sculptures around the country that I make in the studio. What an honour!One day I’ll … 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

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

Sculptures with a Royal Theme: Chainsaw Carving Coronation Blog

With an estimated 300 million people tuning in today to watch the coronation of King Charles III, there was only one choice for today’s blog! This week I’m going to look back at some of my sculptures with a royal theme… KING CHARLES II The first of my sculptures with a royal theme is one … Read more

13 Beautiful Places to See Chainsaw Carved Sculptures in Wales

The Easter holidays are approaching, and for some of you that hopefully gives opportunity to spend some time relaxing. Maybe you’ll be going on holiday. Perhaps it’ll be more of a ‘staycation’ finding things to do around your home. For anyone who is going to be in this neck of the woods this Easter holiday … Read more

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