giant dragonflies to man-eating sharks, the Festival of Wood saw
burly chainsaw-wielding men carve an array of awe-inspiring shapes
from giant logs.
Sculptors before the event
Sculptors during and after the event
event, which took place at Westonbirt Arboretum over the August
Bank Holiday weekend, features the work of twelve tree sculptors
who are each given a week to transform a trunk into a work of art.
the end of the week their efforts were sold by auction, with proceeds
going to Tree Aid, a charity which works with communities in West
Africa to help them achieve self-sufficiency through sustainable
use of woodland.
wood-n't be a nice way to go...
year Mick Burns and Dave Johnson, two of the most experienced carvers,
had the added challenge of not knowing what they are expected to
produce until their giant trunk is revealed.
other participants were able to devise their pieces prior to the
of the wood used is from oak or beech trees, all of which died naturally
in the arboretum.
the carving, visitors to this world of wood were able to enjoy demonstrations
of other wood-based crafts including violin making, decoy duck manufacturing,
papermaking and pyrography.
Arboretum occupies a 600-acre site near Tetbury and is home to around
18,000 plant specimens.
unsurprisinglys, autumn is the Arboretum's peak time as visitors
flock to see the changing colours of the leaves.
season begins in late September with the Japanese Maples coming
ablaze with autumnal colour, and as other trees follow suit the
explosion of colour continues until November.