Wood carver returns to Preston park
Moor Park has received two new works of art made by a prestigious wood carver.
Mick Burns has been a chainsaw carver for more than 25 years.
He has designed two new benches to be placed in the play area, one of a giant lizard and another that mirrors the observatory and water features found in the area.
Mick said: “The intention is to put these in the children’s play area as a little bit of interesting furniture other than just the play equipment.”
The artist uses a range of chainsaws to create his sculptures.
The main work is done by a power saw reaching 120cc and the finer details are then added with a carving saw and sanders.
Mick has had to change his approach to this project as he only had two days in which to complete it.
He said: “I’ll look at the log and roughly work out what I might be able to get into it. Because I have to work quite quickly, I don’t really get a chance to do any sketches or proposals.
“I’m sketching on the log as I go along so it’s like sketching with a chainsaw.”
Mick has worked in the city before. He created a bench in Haslam Park and carved a tree in Ashton Park and is hopeful that the new masterpieces will go down well with the public.
“I’m hoping that people will appreciate the novelty of them and I hope that they’ll last a while too,” he added.
- 30th, March 2011
Most Read posts
- Milda Okunyte RIP: Police appeal to piece together Preston student’s final movements 1,446 views
- First Look: New coffee and ice cream bar on Winckley Street 722 views
- Preston has topped the list as Britain’s unhealthiest high street 706 views
- Teenage boy robbed and assaulted on West Cliff 491 views
- Preston New Road hit and run: Police appeal to find family of woman found lying in the road 454 views
- Nostalgic 1980’s Preston revealed in pictures (part 6)12 comments
- Preston has topped the list as Britain’s unhealthiest high street6 comments
- First Look: New coffee and ice cream bar on Winckley Street5 comments
- Preston city centre businesses hit back at unhealthiest high street report4 comments
- Preston New Road hit and run: Police appeal to find family of woman found lying in the road3 comments