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From an early age I had a fascination for nature and the great outdoors in particular trees and woodland.  Whilst working as a groundsman, I began carving fallen trees, creating rustic benches and mushrooms releasing the beauty within.  My boss liked the idea of using the trees, and sent me on a chainsaw carving course with Mick Burns in Lincoln to learn how to do it properly.  I made an owl and a mushroom, and started to practice at home. So began a wonderful hobby. I made presents for friends and family and people started asking me to create carvings for them. 

In 2009 with the support of my wonderful family I decided to take the plunge and make a go of chainsaw carving full time.  Working from home has also enabled me to spend more time with our sons and work toward achieving our family’s dream of becoming as self-sufficient as possible by raising our own animals and growing our own fruit and vegetables on the smallholding. 

I demonstrate at various country and agricultural shows around the northwest, and have met many interesting people along the way.  I support the World Owl trust based at Muncaster Castle, and attend their events every year.  I have also been lucky enough to work with local schools creating storytelling and outdoor education areas, and have really enjoyed bringing the wonder of nature to the children, which I feel is really important given the technological driven world in which we live today.

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