2 of my latest bird studies in willow, the Heron and the Curlew (March ’21). Photos by Les Denman
Here’s Harry The Hare in his new home in the allotments of The Fountain, Derry/Londonderry. October 2020. Swiftly followed by Helen the Heron, December 2020.
3 Curlews made for NPWS Curlew Conservation Project. July 2019
Stick Tree, soon to be decorated with colourful oak leaves, as part of a positive mental health exhibition on Derry’s Walls
a piece of oak, with woven hills beyond, which was a commission by a returned immigrant from the US, for his ancestral
home overlooking Carndonagh and the hills around Slieve Sneacht.
Here’s a community-woven sculpture from July 16, in Strabane, Co. Derry.
I began to carve wood when my father passed on a few wood chisels, including a gouge, which belonged to my maternal grand father, who was a cabinet maker. That was in the early 90’s.
A Maori-inspired carving standing 300mm high, carved from totara wood in 1999.
Another Kiwiana inspiration, woven from hazel from the woods in the background, in Mulnamina, Glenties. 1999
This Golden Eagle was carved to mark a walkway running through tthe Gaeltacht of west Donegal. The wood came from the bog, and tthe eagles have returned since this was carved in 2000.
This sculpture was carried off into the darkness at the end of a brilliant parade and performance by the Inishowen Carnival Group, in Rathmullan, Co. Donegal. The occasion was the 400th anniversary of the flight of the Earls, and the end of the Gaelic Chiefdom way of living.