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.
Visit our designated chainsaw carving area at Burghley 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 twice daily speed carves. This gives the carvers just thirty seconds 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 Burghley 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 and Danny Thomas
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.
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.
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