Experience the timeless beauty of these individually hand-carved sculptures which are crafted at all of the shows this year. Carvings are available to buy and if you do, they create a lasting impression in your home, conservatory or garden.
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.
Our chainsaw carvers will be working on pieces in thhe chainsaw area all day, and two or three times a day will be participating in a speed-carve. This is where they have thirty minutes to carve something (using chainsaws only) which will then be auctioned off to the highest bidder.
Carving at Sandringham Craft Show this year:
Ian Freemantle is an award-winning Wood Sculptor and artist based in Stony Stratford. His art can be seen at festivals across the UK. He has art installations around the country, including Centre Parcs, Rushmere Country Park, and Green Man Festival. Ian’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.
His clients include the Royal Sandringham Estate, Centre Parcs and Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters. Ian is also famous for the Giant Bardic chair at Rushmere Country Park.
“I found it hard to carve at the scale I wanted so trained to use a chainsaw so I can work on a larger scale and interact with my sculpture in a very immediate way”