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

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

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

Eight Tree Carving Sculptures to See this Bank Holiday Weekend

Two life size sculptures of women carved from oak, standing on a balcony at Prestatyn Hillside Shelter. They are two of Simon O'Rourke's public tree carving sculptures to see this bank holiday weekend

It’s bank holiday weekend which means an extra day for relaxing. With reasonable weather predicted, why not get out and enjoy some of our British outdoors or attractions? And if you wanted to take in some public art while you’re out, here are eight of Simon’s tree carving sculptures to see this bank holiday weekend… … Read more

A Sculpture for All Seasons – Sculptures in the Snow

sculptures in the snow: Viking raid by Simon O'Rourke, depicting a viking kidnapping a young woman

One of the lovely things about a wooden outdoor sculpture is how they change with the seasons. Obviously, there is weathering which changes their appearance over time. But even the different lighting and weather gives the sculpture a different look as the seasons change. Our recent wintery weather prompted people to post a few of … Read more

The Giant Hand of Vyrnwy

In 2011 Simon carved what would become known as The Giant Hand of Vyrnwy. Simon wasn’t very well known at the time, and social media was only just in its early days. The hand gained some press coverage and attention, but it faded quite quickly. Recently pictures of the hand were re-shared on Facebook and … Read more