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

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

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

Narnia Beaver Den Sculptures

Last weekend Simon travelled down to Oxford to install his fairy sculpture and work on a lovely new commission for the Narnia Tree House. These Narnia beaver den sculptures are sure to delight anyone who is a fan of C S Lewis’ classic tales…     About the Narnia Treehouse We couldn’t talk about the … Read more

Bespoke Shakespeare Seat at Poulton Hall

close up of the face of Simon O'Rourkes bespoke shakespeare seat at poulton hall

405 years ago today the world lost a literary legend, 52 years to the day that is is often recognised as being born. Who are we talking about? Britain’s very own bard, William Shakespeare. To fit the occasion, this week’s blog is the story behind Simon’s bespoke Shakespeare seat at Poulton Hall… Bespoke Shakespeare Seat: … Read more

Pantpurlais Mad Hatter Sculpture

chainsaw artist simon o rourke stands in a cherry picker on the left. on the right is the sculpture he is working on - the pantpurlais mad hatter sculpture. the character is carved into a standing ash stump.

Our followers on Facebook will have spotted a lovely new carving this week. Simon travelled over to Llandrindod Wells where he transformed a diseased tree into the Pantpurlais Mad Hatter sculpture…   Background to the Pantpurlais Mad Hatter Sculpture: The Property The mad hatter sculpture was a commission for the owners of Pantpurlais, Llandrindod Wells. … 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

2021 Sculpture Commissions

Photo shows a half finished wood sculpture of an elf on a swing; one of Simon O'Rourke's 2021 sculpture commissions

Happy New Year! We hope that despite the turbulence, it has still started well for you. After last week’s reflection on Simon’s sculptures from 2020, we thought this week we would look forward to this year. Simon already has some exciting 2021 sculpture commissions lined up. 2021 Sculpture Commissions: Animals One of Simon’s upcoming 2021 … Read more

Monkey Puzzle Ent Tree Sculpture

Face of the ent tree sculpture by simon o'rourke in Poulton Hall gardens

Simon spent the week working in the grounds of Poulton Hall, Bebington. Thankfully the weather cooperated for this outdoor project! Over four days of carving Simon transformed a monkey puzzle tree into this fantastic Ent tree sculpture… Um, what’s an Ent Tree Sculpture?! For those who are wondering, Ent are one of Tolkien’s literary creations. … Read more

Sculptures of Myths and Legends

Chainsaw artist Simon O'Rourke putting finishing touches on a 3m sculpture of svantevit, the slavic god of war. Svantevit is one of his many sculptures of myths and legends.

Mythology and folk stories have been the subject of several sculptures Simon has made. Each time there is a challenge for Simon. He needs to create something recognisable and something that tells the well-known story. At the same time though, he also wants to bring something fresh or unique. Creating sculptures of myths and legends … Read more