Monday 9 July 2018
Held every summer at Westonbirt, The National Arboretum in Gloucestershire, The Festival of the Tree is an event which holds a special place in the heart of many woodcarvers across the UK. With a week of activities including Sculptree where chainsaw carvers create wonderful masterpieces from huge tree trunks for auction, and Exhibitree, which is the place to see wonderful exhibits from clubs and the chance to buy fantastic tools and crafts at the Classic Hand Tools marquee, there really is so much for carvers at this superb event. If you missed the festival, here follows just a taster of what you can expect. For those of you who managed to make it, sit back and enjoy a recap to put you in the mood for summer 2009 of the BWA marquee, just one of the many organisations which took part in the festival.
Aqua Terios, Tsunami
A carving which caught the eye of many was Richard Pepperd's powerful take on a tsunami which was displayed with the following text:
“The first small waves suck the water away from the shore. The hammerhead killer wave follows, crashing into the land. The full pent up and coiled force of the tsunami monster floods in.”
The Westonbirt Trophy
The British Woodcarver's Association (BWA) has it own marquee at The Festival of the Tree where it exhibits carvings from members across the UK. In addition, the BWA holds a competition whereby brave members submit work which is then judged by the visiting public; the winner is then awarded the highly prized Westonbirt Trophy. This year the trophy went to John Robinson from the South Wales region for his take on Wallace and Gromit in lime.
Master carver, Mike Painter, was on hand at the BWA marquee to answer questions from the visiting public whilst working on his latest project for the Church of St Katherine in Little Bardfield, Essex, a copy of Our Lady of Grace, Nettuno, Nr, Anzio, Rome. Carved in lime, the sculpture will eventually be decorated and when finished, positioned 10ft high against a wall.
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