Living Heritage Events have been supporting chainsaw carving at all our shows for many years now. We look forward to hosting the 13th English Open Chainsaw Carving Competition at Cheshire Game and Country Fair this August, six weeks before Essex (if you’re reading this early!)
Visit our designated chainsaw carving area at Essex Game and Country Fair where our team of carvers will be working to produce sculptures over the weekend. Each piece is carved from reclaimed timber from a number of sustainable sources throughout England. The wood is hand selected from sawmills, salvage, tree surgery and garden clearance specialists for its character, colour and suitability for carving.
Also in the designated arena there will be three times daily speed carves. This gives the carvers just thirty minutes to create something beautiful with only a log and a chainsaw. You will be amazed! These carvings will be auctioned off immediately to the highest bidder.
Featured in our Chainsaw Carving Arena at Essex Game and Country Fair:
I’ve been full time carving for 7 years. Before that I was a furniture maker for 10 years and started off as a roofing joiner at the age of 17, so I have been involved with wood all my life. I carve at Living Heritage shows from March till November and also produce commission carvings for private clients. Carving at Living Heritage has given me the chance to carve with many other carvers at the shows and also in competitions which is amazing. I enjoy carving at shows for the public and most of all enjoy speed carving in the main arena where carvers produce a carving in half an hour.
Harry Thomas started his carving journey in 1992 in Devon. He became professional just six months later and has been carving ever since. Harry went from strength to strength building his skills and particularly enjoying the technical side to both his carving and the running of his chainsaws. Harry’s first competition was at Woodfest, Wales, in 2002. He has been competing ever since and has been on the podium many times, including at the English Open and the APF.
Ant Beetlestone is a sculptor who works in the modern figurative tradition. He uses wood carving to make expressive statements about man’s relationship with nature. His work has a contemporary feel through the use of the chainsaw, with which much of it is made. This process allows him to work fast but also ties these carvings to the drawings they are based on.
He studied at the Frink School of Sculpture where the emphasis on drawing and modelling from life gave him an appreciation of the modern masters like Elisabeth Frink. Since leaving art school, he has taught in London, worked in restoration and produced public art. He now works in his studio at his home in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire.
Working from her own studio on the outskirts of Sheffield close to the Peak District, or on site as required, Lorraine produces large-scale bespoke sculptures using chainsaws.
Working intuitively with her materials Lorraine, produces a wide range of bespoke figurative and abstract sculptures, always striving to create original work which engages and challenges the viewer.