Burley Village Hall
Open Daily 10am - 5pm including Sundays
September 8th to 23rd 2012
Tel: 01425 615168
Website: The Woodlanders site
Joe's carving began with a piece of firewood, which was transformed into a penguin for his daughter Claire. Inspired to continue by a present of carving gouges and guided by library books, the standard of Joe's carving improved enabling him to win the Ron Lane Memorial Prize, a coveted regional award, with a carving of an owl.
His work is diverse, wildlife, abstract, stools, traditional house name signs and he has a particular penchant for pigs, otters, highland bulls and owls. Joe spends a great deal of time each day walking in the New Forest with his two golden retrievers. During his walks, he is constantly searching for pieces of wood or roots that have the potential to become his next piece. Typically, a carving will take two to three weeks to complete, the results are fresh and natural works, which have earned Joe local awards and rightful recognition as a highly skilled and gifted craftsman.