Chainsaw sculpture completed at Ripon’s Himalayan Garden
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Last updated Mar 23, 2023
Karl Barker with the completed sculpture.
Karl Barker with the completed sculpture.

A new sculpture has been completed at the Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park near Ripon.

Yorkshire chainsaw sculptor Karl Barker spent three days carving out the model, which was made from a felled Hungarian oak tree.

The tree, which stood at 9ft tall, was felled for safety reasons last year.

In its place, the Himalayan garden team commissioned Mr Barker to create a new sculpture ahead of its reopening on Tuesday, April 4.

He came up with the idea to create a ‘hungry owl seat’.

Mr Barker said:

“As a chainsaw carver based in the heart of North Yorkshire I make a range of bespoke, wooden chainsaw sculptures each one filled with character and charisma. 

“I offer a stump carving service and am delighted to have created the hungry owl seat, transforming what was left of the Hungarian Oak Tree into something visitors can interact with for years to come.”

Will Roberts, owner of the Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park, said:

“We are delighted with the beautiful piece Karl has created for us. At the start of his three days beavering away with his many chainsaws we really didn’t know what was going to emerge from the stump.

“We really think visitors are going to love the new owl seat and wonder who is going to be the first to sit in it.”


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