Craft Insurance – Simon O’Rourke – Chainsaw Carving

What caused you to go into your area of craft?

I finished my degree in Illustration and couldn’t find work. I ended up working for a tree surgeon, loved that and became competent with the chainsaw. Then one day I saw somebody carving and I thought, I think I can do that!


How long have you been in your profession for?

I have been working as a sculptor for 11 years now.


What do you do?

I am a sculptor, working mainly in wood.


Where do you want to take your business in the future?

I want to expand the business and sell reproduced sculptures as well as creating commissions.


What motivates/inspires you daily?

The need to pay the bills! And the love of the work of course!


How did you come up with the original ideas that make your business unique?

In any business you have to stay ahead of the game, so I am always looking out for new ideas.


What would you say your favourite product/item you’ve made is?

I enjoy the large scale sculptures most, and the human form is my speciality.


Where/who do you tend to sell your work (to)?

A large amount of my commissions are for organisations like the forestry commission or national trust. I don’t tend to create work to sell, I just rely on commissioned work.


Do you have any advice for people starting out in the craft industry?

Do whatever it takes to get your name known! Charity jobs and freebies for schools will get your name in the paper. And social media is very important these days so make the most of it!


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