Hare Form

Hare Form

With hares being one of my favourite creatures, I was delighted to be asked to carve this one ~ almost-life-sized, sitting on a base. The mythology and folklore surrounding hares is fascinating and only adds to the attraction of this mystical animal, and this has spread worldwide over centuries ~ often with a link to […]

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Mires Beck Carving Course

Pictures from the final session of the Mires Beck woodcarving course ~ great fun as usual, with a very enthusiastic and lovely group of participants!

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Keep an Eye on That Snail

The last log to be carved in Bluebell Wood, Sewerby Hall, and this was probably the oddest shape of the lot. Once I’d stripped some bark off, the forked end at the left looked a bit like legs, and I worked on ideas using the lump as a knee; this was the plan right up […]

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Who Lives in a House Like This?

The penultimate carving at Sewerby Hall’s Bluebell Wood, and this log didn’t take much thinking about ~ it had to be a Fairy Tower! The shape really couldn’t suggest anything else, and the with the addition of some pointy roofs, stairs and windows, it was ready for a Fairy to move right in.

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Ssshhhhh!

This was another log with quite a small diameter, so on this occasion I thought I’d carve someone equally small ~ a pixie baby, to be precise. I gave him little wings (they’ll grow, don’t worry), and made sure he was cosy, curled up on an oak leaf. Tread carefully around Bluebell Wood, don’t wake […]

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More Fairy Fun

This log was similar to the one used for the “Perching Gnome”, so I considered a similar 3 dimensional piece ~ until I tried moving it: it was heavy. Really heavy. This ruled out moving it every few minutes to carve “in the round”, so I worked on some sketches of a fairy which would […]

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A Unicorn and Fairy Friend

Next at Sewerby Hall were a couple of large logs very near the fence surrounding Bluebell Wood ~ one was earmarked for another fairy, conscious as I was about equal numbers of male and female woodland folk, whilst the other had been specially requested: every day whilst I was carving there would be hoards of […]

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Not a Self Portrait

Some of the logs for the Fairyland-themed Bluebell Wood at Sewerby Hall presented quite a challenge: unusual shapes are one thing, and sometimes suggest a design with their quirky lumps and bumps ~ but a good number of these had a small diameter and were very straight. I was pleased with the idea of the […]

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Dragon’s Den

There had to be a dragon somewhere in Sewerby Hall’s Bluebell Wood ~ you couldn’t have a fairyland theme without one (or a unicorn, but we’ll come to that on another post!), and this log looked ideal for a friendly one, peacefully sleeping amongst the trees.

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Another Fairy Spotted at Sewerby Hall

The third log in the wooded area had a bit more size to it, so I was able to use the shape a little more to come up with a design ~ this time I decided on a fairy, looking beautiful with her patterned butterfly wings.

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