Tuesday, 26 May 2009

A Chip Off The Old Block

S IS FOR?



SCULPTURE!

On a September afternoon sortie last year we were much taken with this tree sculpture which is in the grounds of Pershore Abbey,Worecestershire. The sculpture has been carved from beech using a chainsaw and chisels. Find out more about the sculptor Tom 'Carver' Harvey here.



Any gardeners finding themselves in Pershore should travel a few miles on to Bob Brown's excellent nursery Cotswold Garden Flowers, where it is easy to loose yourself in the polytunnels and display beds for some considerable time.

This is my post for ABC Wednesday - why not saunter over there now for more on the letter S.

20 comments:

  1. I love those, but have never seen such an elaborate one. Good find...

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  2. Highly unusual sculpture, but all the better for that!

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  3. Hi Anna~~ Wow Tom possesses an amazing talent.

    I think losing myself in a polytunnel might be my favorite activity, aside from gardening proper, that is. Why is it several hundred plants are never enough? LOL

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  4. Impressive sculptures. I like the way some of the tree has been left untouched. Makes a good contrast and links the sculpture to the natural material. I love sculpture in gardens.

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  5. This is such an amazing creative sculpture and an interesting S.

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  6. Oh I do love that sculpture! I will look at more of Tom 'Carver' Harvey's work later this evening.

    Polytunnels are addictive. I like them as sculptural entities too, and have done quite a lot of drawings of them over the years - I like the contrast between the glass of glasshouses and the plastic - quite a challenge to draw!

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  7. Wow, the patience it must have taken to carve such an intricate work. It'll be amazing to see how time and weather will add its own artistic touch to the sculpture. Cheers!

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  8. Thank you for the comment and the information - the name certainly fits both the features and the area!

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  9. Now, that is the kind of sculpture that I like!

    I'm not a big fan, normally, of modern forms of sculpture. I prefer the figurative, which seems to have fallen from favour. Modern abstract sculpture is not for me, though there are exceptions.

    But using a dead tree and carving it, that's beautiful! There is one similar to this in a country park in our city, and I love it. It weathers so beautifullly, too!

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  10. Hi Anna - I'm ashamed to say that I havent been to Pershore Abbey or Bob Browns even though I only live about 30 mins away. I am hoping to recitfy this over the summer and will definately visit Pershore Abbey now I have seen your photos.

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  11. That's so cool. We are losing our ash trees to emerald ash borer here (or have done), but some wood carvers are using the dead trees for art.

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  12. Beautiful sculptures! It would be interesting to see this being carved. So good that a dead tree has a new life...

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  13. Quite amazing to think that a chain saw can be wielded with such delicacy.

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  14. It reminded me of the chainsaw sculpture comepetition at Westonbirt Festival of the Tree. I wonder if Tom has exhibited there?

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  15. Chain saw carving requires a lot of talent. Great choice for the letter S.

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  16. Fantastic sculture.
    Super S post.
    Sherry

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  17. Fascinating scene! Great photos, as well!

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  18. Lovely sculpture. Very detailed and a great idea for S

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All your comments are much appreciated and treasured. I wil try to reply to everyone who leaves a comment, but it may take me a few days, especially when I start spending more time in the garden and at the lottie. I know that you will understand :) I am sure that I will also visit your blog if I have not already done so. If you have any specific questions I will either reply to them here or you can email me at : thegreentapestry@gmail.com

Namasté

- Anna.