I started carving big wooden sculptures in 1992. I choose wood as a medium as I have always been involved in the timber industry as a tree surgeon and timber feller, so for me wood carving was a natural progression. I had a desire to create garden sculptures and coming from the forest where I saw the felled timber I felt a need to bring the wood back to life.
The chainsaw was always going to be my pencil, for me it is a part of who I am. I enjoy the speed and agility that all my different chainsaws give me, for all my big blocking out work I use Sthil and Makitas for detailed work I have a husqvarna chainsaw with a small cannon carving bars. I also take part in speed carving demonstrations along with 35 chainsaw sculptures from all over the world. This takes places alongside the main three day comp at the English open in early September at Tabley park in Knutsford Cheshire. Also the Sandringham cup on the Sandringham estate both are run by Mark Hulm of English Heritage Event Company. I have been commission by Hereford and Powys county council the forestry commission and Sandringham estate to carve sculptures for public display.
I live on the welsh border at the edge of the Radnor forest. My workshop and studio look out over Hergest Ridge and the black mountains. I am surrounded by fallow deer, foxes and lots and lots of sheep! I mostly enjoy carving wildlife such as boxing hare’s, owls, an assortment of birds of prey, grizzly bears and many woodland creatures . . After many years of carving I think the real art is in trying to recreateor the spirit of the animal and to capture some movement in the wood… It’s when I carve the eyes that the animal seems comes to life.
Thomas Carving has always been a family business and I’d like to see this develope along with workshops and gallery at little acre. Maybe one day provide chainsaw carving classes to teach others to bring wood back to life.