Thirteenth English Open Chainsaw Carving Competition
Registered Carvers – Classic Competition
I learned to use a chainsaw as part of my job in forestry and tree surgery, and have become very used to the handling of chainsaws. I am inclined to use the chainsaw from beginning to end on a sculpture, often producing what amounts to a detailed sketch in wood. The other main tools in my "armoury" are a power sander, angle grinder and die grinder. The finishing time for these sculptures is typically hours, or, depending on the size, going on for a few days.
Comment: A previous winner of the Classic event, should go close.
My name is Denius Parson, I'm a Architectural Chainsaw Sculptor. I create bespoke timber buildings and chainsaw sculptures. I specialize in completely unique structures that are perfectly integrated into their surroundings and enhance the natural form of the materials used.
Comment: Part of the Living Heritage Team attended our shows for a number of years now.
Working from her own studio on the outskirts of Sheffield close to the Peak District, or on site as required, Lorraine produces large-scale bespoke sculptures using chainsaws.
Working intuitively with her materials Lorraine, produces a wide range of bespoke figurative and abstract sculpture, always striving to create original work which engages and challenges the viewer.
Comment: One of the best UK female cravers at the event
A favourite amongst the Chainsaw Carvers, an artist in every sense. He has been part of English Open Chainsaw Competition for a number of years. Very talented carver who only after a short time stepped up and became one of the top UK Carvers.
Comment: A previous winner of the competition and runner up a number of times.
Steven J. Kenzora is a self taught carver from the Peterborough, Ontario area. Steve started carving almost 20 years ago, carving for the first few years with razor blade knives then starting using small rotary tools. About 10 years ago he got his first chainsaw and has slowly evolved into a full time power carver.
Steve's love of the craft is easily witnessed in each and every piece of art he creates, and there is many of them. He estimates about 1500 carvings over the last 20 years. he also has experimented with other mediums such as soapstone, ice, pumpkins, and snow.
Comment: Has represented Canada for a number of years in this competition
I am a wood sculpture from Fenor Village, County Waterford in the sunny South East of Ireland. I am joiner by trade and I started to carve four years ago doing small pieces for friends and family. Before long a carving business was born, Special Branch Carvings.
My first major project the ‘Tree of hope’ received national media coverage. Since then the business went from strength to strength and now I am a full time carver travelling the length and breath of Ireland to show and exhibitors.
I specialise in bespoke pieces for corporate and private clients, as interior and exterior pieces, existing trees and stand-alone pieces.
I enjoy creating a piece in collaboration with the client inspiring a very distinctive creation. For me to take part in such a prodigious event would be an amazing opportunity.
Comment: It’s a long time since we last had someone representing Ireland and this carver looks very impressive.
I live in a small village of Mosty u Jablunkova at the easternmost point of Czech Republic, wedged between Poland and Slovakia. In 2004, I graduated from a apprenticeship to become a carpenter. I worked for a carpenter's company and in 2007 became a freelance carpenter.
I started chainsaw carving in 2009. At the same year, I took part at woodcarving competition in my home village and ended up at second place. This gave me a lot of confidence and woodcarving became my favourite hobby. Since then I have taken part in many other shows and competitions in Eastern Europe and recently in Woodfest Wales and the English Open.
I gather ideas for woodcarving in nature, history or everyday life. My favourite themes are historical figures, animals or young girls.
Comment: A good carver with competition experience
My name is Josh Dagg and I am a professional chainsaw carver. I have been carving for more than ten years and I have been a full time carver for more than three. I have been on several television shows (regional contact, Giver) as well as on the local news countless times showcasing my work. I have been a competitor for 6 years now participating in many events including Reedsport Oregon and Wolfach Germany, 4 English Opens and 3 times in Carrbridge Scotland and also several Canadian events. I’m most known for my whimsical characters and unconventional carvings.
Comment: Experienced competition carver who could be a whimsical winner
I am an artist based in Newport South Wales, my business was established in 1999, since then I’ve worked on many different public and private art projects, both large and small, nationally and internationally, as a result I have acquired a large amount of skills and experience.
My work has covered everything from chainsaw sculpture, woodcarving and mosaic, to carnival masks, costumes and giant puppets, also metal sculpture, steel and non ferrous metal fabrication and welding, 3-D design, willow sculpture, traditional fine art painting and drawing, production of TV and film props, comical display and furnishings and much more. I’ve also frequently work In collaboration with other artists.
In my spare time I produce sculpture from wood and other materials I also paint and potter about making all sorts of weird and wonderful creations.
In my previous life I trained as fabrication welder and later became a foreman – my ten years experience in this industry and my experience as a professional artist, has given me the technical skills necessary to produce a high standard of professional work.
Comment: First time in the English Open Chainsaw Competition but looking at his web page his carvings are stunning.
· From Ehime Prefecture
· Emigrated to Hokkaido in 1999, worked for Shimokawa-cho Forestry Association
· Starting the chain saw art with self-study beside the 2002 forestry.
· Chainsaw Art Games History
• 2006 Ryujin Chainsaw Carving Competition ( Wakayama) victory
• 2007 East Japan Chainsaw art Competition ( Yamagata) victory
• 2008 Tasmanian International Chainsaw Carving Competition ( Australia ) victory
• 2012 Sumita Monster Cup Chainsaw art Competition ( Iwate) victory
2013 Duck Creek • International Chainsaw Carving Competition ( USA ) runner-up
• 2013 English Open chainsaw carving competition ( England) victory
• 2013 East Japan Chainsaw art Competition ( Yamagata) victory
• 2013 Eco Festa Chainsaw Carving Competition ( Chiba) victory
• 2014 Australian chainsaw carving championship ( Australia ) victory
• 2014 Oregon divisional chainsaw sculpting championship ( USA ) 3rd place
· 2014 Alaska cup Chainsaw carving Championship (USA)
• 2014 English open chainsaw carving competition ( England) victory
• 2015 Australian chainsaw carving championship ( Australia ) second place
• 2015 Oregon divisional chainsaw sculpting championship ( USA ) second place
2015 Alaska cup Chainsaw carving Championship (USA)
Carvers choice Award
• 2015 US Open Chainsaw Sculpture Championship ( USA ) 3rd place
• 2015 English Open chainsaw carving competition ( England) 3rd place
· National Cultural Festival Kagoshima 2015 Chainsaw Art National Convention in spring spring
• 2016 Australian chainsaw carving championship ( Australia ) championship
• 2016 Oregon divisional chainsaw sculpting championship ( USA ) second place
• 2016 US Open Chainsaw Sculpture Championship ( USA )4th
• 2016 English Open chainsaw carving competition ( England) 3rd place
· Spring spring highland Festa Chainsaw Arts National Convention 2016
Comment: His record speaks for itself
An Amalgamation of Artistic Talent, Creative Flare, Imagination, Personality and Uniqueness. Fine Wood Arts the likes of which you have never seen or experienced. Join us in creating a One of A kind art piece to supplement the Imagination, Personality and Uniqueness that is You!
Wood is Organic and so is Wood Art. Ever heard the saying; don’t go against the grain? This is particularly true with wood art. Many times Damon does not know what he is going to carve until he gets inside the wood. He is extremely talented and when carving he ebbs and flows with the growth of the wood, letting his hands tell the story. If seeking a special work of art for yourself, it is important to keep these things in mind. If you can make a simple request and give Damon artistic license, your piece will turn out Original and Beautiful.
Each Job is unique and presents its own challenges and is met with experience, talent, enthusiasm and imagination. Price estimates are generally determined on a case by case basis.
Comment: First time in the English Open. The USA has produced some of our finest winners.
I started drawing, painting and carving small pieces from pine bark at the age of 5. Around the same time, I started attending School of visual arts where I improved these skills. Later on, I began using chisels and learnt to work with wood. During my studies at High School I concentrated on graphic design. I graduated from Technical University of Brno with a Design Management Degree. My university studies in Czechoslovakia and later on, MA Course in Information & Graphic Design in UK, have caused a long break from woodcarving. Meanwhile, I fully concentrated on graphic design. I found a job as a graphic designer in Czech Republic and later on started my own graphic studio in Leicester which has been running up to present day. It was not until I bought my own house in Czech Republic when I got back to woodcarving, this time trying to carve bigger pieces. At the age of 43, I eventually learnt to work with a chainsaw and started carving life-sized statues. Since then, I took part in many woodcarving shows and competitions in Czech Republic, Slovakia, UK and USA.
Comment: The Second of our Czech Carvers, could this year be our first Czech winner
Large sculpture was in the main commissioned by public bodies such as the Forestry Commission, the National Trust, Councils and hospitals but more recently due to the efficiency and speed of chainsaw carving it has become an affordable luxury for the individual. If you are needing to remove a mature tree from your garden why not create something unique that will capture your imagination and memories of the tree that shared your space?
Works can be commissioned by contacting the artist directly.
Simon Archer studied BA (Hons) in Fine Art and graduated in 1997. Since then, he has been working as an environmental artist and chainsaw sculptor in England and Wales.
Using traditional wood carving tools alongside chainsaws and power tools Simon Archer creates sculptures and outdoor seating for private gardens and public spaces.
Comment: A Student in Fine Art, let’s see if the student can become the master
Wood Ant Chainsaw Art
Commissioned sculpture in wood
Based in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, I make carvings for home, garden and public sites across the UK.
Ant also attends a number of Living Heritage Country Shows throughout the year and is renowned for his work as one of the best pet dog sculptures in the country.
Comment: A strong UK candidate, who has participated in this event before.
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 nurseries 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.
Comment: He’s been crowned ‘the bard’ of the town, but can he be crowned champion of the English Open.