How To Create a Realistic Pet Portrait Sculpture

As an artist, I’m often asked to create Pet Portraits. These range from wall panel illustrations to busts to fullsize portraits of much-loved pets. As a pet owner I understand that when you commission a pet portrait, it can’t just look like any old dog or cat. It needs to look like YOUR pet and … 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

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

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

WWII Soldier Memorial Sculpture

Head and shoulders of o'Rourke's chainsaw carving sculpture of a WWII soldier

As the country silences itself at 11am today, Workington has a new WWII soldier memorial sculpture to commemorate those who gave their lives in military service. The unveiling took place on Poppy Day, as you may have seen on BBC or ITV. Simon and Liz were also there today (Remembrance Sunday) to see the sculpture … Read more