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Power up for Chainsaw Speed Carve at The National Forest Wood Fair

Tuesday, 30th June 2009

Power up for Chainsaw Speed Carve at The National Forest Wood Fair

Four carvers will compete in a thrilling speed carve – never before held at the Wood Fair.

Lorraine Botterill, Andrew Frost, Dick Tilley and Carrie Yuen will have just half an hour flat to be on their marks, get set and off at full power to create a piece of sculpture from a plain lump of wood. 

‘What these skilled artists can produce when the pressure is on is quite remarkable,’ said Simon Greenhouse, Woodland Officer for the National Forest Company. ‘The pieces may represent animal, vegetable or something completely abstract, but whatever the sculptors create, the speed carve will be great fun and first class entertainment for the crowd.’

Throughout the day the carvers will wield their way through more lumps of timber than an eager beaver, and each will donate at least one piece of sculpture to the charity auction that wraps up the day at 4 o’clock.

One chainsaw carver will work on a piece of oak as part of the ‘One Oak Project’. Fifteen woodworkers and craftspeople have been invited to make items from an oak tree that was felled as part of management works in a National Forest woodland near Moira.  The items they make over the summer will demonstrate the range of products that can come out of a single tree.  The pieces, ranging from a bench to floorboards, a dog kennel to bird boxes, charcoal to coat hooks, will all be on display at The National Forest Wood Fair, and badged the One Oak project. The whole story of the One Oak project will be told in words and photographs in the National Forest Company marquee.

The whole day will be packed with live demonstrations of woodworking skills and craft displays, with hands-on activities for adults and children.  There will be stories and songs from the Wild Man of the Woods, archery, birds of prey and a brilliant climbing wall. 

The Wood Fair Food Area will be packed with delicious locally-sourced food and drink and a farmers market.

This fantastic family event is organised by the National Forest Company and Leicestershire County Council.  It will run from 10am – 5pm on Bank Holiday Monday 31 August.  Admission charges include car parking and a programme and will cost adults £6, concessions £4 and a family ticket £14 (for two adults and three children).

Beacon Hill Country Park lies within the ancient Forest of Charnwood and is close to the attractive village of Woodhouse Eaves, just five minutes drive from Junctions 22 or 23 of the M1.  The Country Park, owned and managed by Leicestershire County Council, with its craggy summit and panoramic views, is just one of the many visitor attractions across the three counties of Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire that make up The National Forest.

See also www.leics.gov.uk/woodfair