film by Harry Thomas
Harry Thomas picks up a chainsaw and turns a tree trunk into an eight foot bear. As he draws on his 18 years of carving experience, he also reflects on the demise of the bear in the Herefordshire countryside.
Harry Thomas is no stranger to making giant sculptures.
The finished bear
Among his prestigious commissions is a six foot red squirrel made for the Queen, now positioned at Sandringham, alongside another two of his carvings.
As Harry saws away at an eight foot tree trunk, we watch a bear emerge from the wood, as if by magic.
Harry shares anecdotes from 18 years as a chainsaw carver, and reflects on why bears have disappeared from the Herefordshire landscape, now only remembered in a handful pub names.
Harry's film is part of a major BBC campaign called "Made in England", celebrating St George's Day.
last updated: 04/03/2009 at 11:56