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, two weeks before Sandringham
Visit our designated chainsaw carving area at Sandringham 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 Sandringham 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.
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.
Ian Freemantle’s inspiration comes from his lifelong love of nature and the natural surroundings he grew up in. Even as a boy he would spend every waking hour in the woods and rolling hills of the Surrey countryside. It was inevitable that he would progress into countryside management, to forestry and arboriculture eventually finding the urge to start sculpting in 2002.
Ian’s work has a style of its own with a vein of mystical realm running through it. Using the natural contours and the strength of the grain he brings individuality to each and every sculpture that he produces. Now residing in the historical coaching town of Stony Stratford, famous for its festivals of music, poetry and the arts, Ian has enjoyed the title and recognition of ‘the Bard’ of the town in 2010.
Over the past 10 years Ian has enjoyed working for many everyday folk, Local authorities, schools and nursery’s and several music festivals including an open invitation to the exclusive Weird and Wonderful Wood festival in Suffolk.