Commissioned work is undertaken with full reference to your specific requirements. This is ideal if you are looking for that very unique piece or a wood carving particularly suited to someone, for whatever reason. Such carvings are special and you can be sure that you will not find another in the world that is the same.
Have you a special piece of wood with a sentimental value, maybe taken from a tree planted years ago by one of your forebears, perhaps? Could it be made into a special and unique wood carving and be treasured this present day together with its memories? Provided it is sound timber, this may well be possible.
Would you like a personalised woodcarving as part of your home decor or construction, for example a barn owl carved from an offcut of green oak timber used in a Barn renovation building project or even the ‘rat’ featured below? Please contact Zoe to discuss your project.
A Curious and Interesting Woodcarving Commission
When Zoe was demonstrating woodcarving at a local Show she was asked if she would carve a rat which could hang over a beam in the bedroom of a Barn conversion. Apparently the place had been riddled with vermin and the owner wanted to remind his wife of this to surprise her on her birthday.
Zoe drew the profile on the block and took away waste wood before starting to carve the rat, then using gouges she rounded the body, narrowed the face and arranged the tail so that the rat would drape over the beam.
After the main carving was finished the unwanted wood between the tail and the front feet was removed using a saw so that the rat would fit snugly on the top of the beam looking down from above.
When the tail had been carved on the upper surface of the block its surface was textured using a fine file to show the fur.
Using small tools the facial features, the feet and ears were carved, then the rest of the body surfaces were textured as fur with the file.
The recipient’s name and birthday date were carved on the plinth. Let’s hope his dear wife was not too startled to see a rat looking down on her when she woke up on her birthday !
A Small Selection of Some other Woodcarving Commissions
Restorations and Repairs
Below are a couple of figures which Zoe has restored and repaired. The ‘Hansel and Gretel’ figures, originally from a fairground organ, were bought from the Wookey Hole Fairground Museum when it closed. Having been neglected for several years, they were in a poor condition. Paint had peeled away, parts of the carving were rotten or missing and several sections had fallen out. Zoe was asked to restore and repaint the 20 inch high carving to its original state.