Making a Start at Sewerby Hall

Making a Start at Sewerby Hall

A huge 150 year-old Monkey Puzzle tree blew down at Sewerby Hall, near Bridlington last March; Yarburgh Lloyd-Greame planted this (and the others on site) in 1868 with seeds brought back from South America, and when the vicious winds swept it over the decision was made to use the timber to enhance part of the […]

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A Hare’s Breadth

The hare on the opposite side of the throne was a straight forward relief carving on a flat area; the timber was so nice and clean to work with I could get some good shape on the hare’s back and face. With the hare finished the throne was complete. Many thanks to Mark and Kym […]

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Snail’s Place

The next piece on the throne was to be a snail, and whilst I’d been concentrating on the gnome I hadn’t really thought much about where to position it…until I looked around the left hand side and found an almost perfectly-formed snail looking at me. Just a case of taking the bark off and it […]

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Gnome on a Throne

This was another job right up my street ~ a fantasy / faerieland element, nice timber to work with, and very enthusiastic and excited clients! An old double-stemmed ash tree had been taken down and had been transformed into a nicely-shaped throne; my job was to carve a friendly gnome on the back rest, with […]

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Withernsea Carnival

Back to the East Yorkshire coastal town of Withernsea for the Carnival ~ organised year after year by the committee whose fundraising efforts ensure that the 9-day event and all the activities are completely free for the children and their families. They all do a fantastic job and deserve a huge pat on the back […]

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Allen Stichler in the 21st Century

I’ve succumbed to the ways of the modern world and have started using Instagram; if anyone fancies following what I’m doing day-to-day (or thereabouts) look for allenstichlerwoodcarving.

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Dew Pond Sign Installed

The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust “Dew Ponds” sign has been installed on a site adjacent to the Wolds Way, next to one of the restored ponds near Thixendale village, North Yorkshire. It looks great!

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Team Building at Metsa Wood

I was asked to lead a team building activity last week at the Boston branch of Metsa Wood, and good fun it was too; it differed vastly from the usual workshops I run, which are over three days and the participants work on a large log: this one was over one afternoon and each participant […]

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Sensory Garden Opens at Woodhall Spa

I was invited to the opening of the Sensory Garden at Jubilee Park, Woodhall Spa last week ~ and what a pleasure it was seeing the completed project. Julie, Mick and Carl (plus many more behind the scenes I’m sure) have created a beautiful space for able-bodied and disabled visitors to stimulate the senses with […]

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A Game of Thrones (Final Episode)

The “Elven Thrones” are now sitting proudly in position atop their mound at the Northwood Fairy Trail near York.

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