When keen gardener Jane Scott from Lillingstone Lovell realised that her beloved Paulownia tree had died, she called upon sculptor Tim Burgess to transform the dead trunk into a spectacular owl sculpture.
Mr Burgess, a well known chainsaw wood sculptor from Rostherne, Cheshire, took only one working day to carve the tree, after receiving the commission from Mrs Scott, the owner of Village Framers picture framing studio in Lillingston Lovell.
Mr Burgess modelled the owl using three different sizes of chainsaw, skilled pyrography (wood burning) techniques and finally stain and oil to protect it from weathering.
The owl stands alone in the middle of Mrs Scott’s lawn and she hopes the striking feature will delight the 700-strong crowd of visitors that come each year to enjoy her garden as part of the Lillingstone Lovell Open Gardens weekend, on the first weekend in June.
“I’m delighted,” said Mrs Scott. “It was just what I visualised – better, actually. Various people have been dropping in during the day to look. Everyone was really interested and excited to see it happen.
“He even managed to include a baby owl into a hole in the tree. It is exactly what I asked for.”
View more of Mr Burgess’ work at www.thetimburgess.com