Take a Seat With the Gannets

Take a Seat With the Gannets

The next carving at Sewerby Hall was the first of three log benches; in contrast to the fish carving (see previous post) this had to be far more simple as it has to function as a seat first and foremost: any carving has to be made shallow to maintain a fair amount of comfort, and is there only for a bit of embellishment really.

Gannets are seen between March and October at Bempton cliffs, local to Sewerby. They are a very striking bird, although I admit to not having seen one in the flesh! I toyed with the idea of carving the bird diving into water with it being such a spectacle, but I wasn’t sure that it was an instantly recognisable image, especially for those not familiar with Gannets. In the end, taking into account the function of the carving and the subject matter, I went with a simple image of two birds side by side, one sitting and one standing.

And to keep with tradition, another picture of the Harrison family, christening the finished seat!