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Photo-a-Day  (Saturday, 7th July, 2012)

Wood Carvings, Borsdane Wood

Wood Carvings, Borsdane Wood
I had a walk through Borsdane Wood last weekend, where there has been extensive repair and resurfacing to the footpath. I came across these
wood carvings on a felled tree trunk.

Photo: Harry Cunliffe  (Panasonic DMC-FZ38)
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Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 7th July 2012 at 03:45

Harry, 6 photo`s for the price of one - is it a record?
Was very scared of dragon flies until I found out they can`t sting!!
In the blazing summer of 1976, Chorley Golf Course was teeming with ladybirds one day.
Can`t make out the `creature` depicted in top left photo.
Am wondering about vandals destroying it. Is it in a secluded spot?

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 7th July 2012 at 04:01

Can anyone tell us if one person, or several, carved these and were they done in situ?

Comment by: Mick on 7th July 2012 at 06:23

These wood carving make a woodland walk a lot more interesting.

Best ones I have seen are in the gardens of two posh houses, there both of owls and one is at the top of Stoney lane High Moor and another whos glass eyes illuminate is in Stocks lane Heskin.

Comment by: Mick on 7th July 2012 at 12:12

Ernest yes they are carved in situ, next time you at Chorley golf course nip into the Yarrow valley park at Birkacre and you will see these carvings.


Theres plenty around now theres even some near to Tesco on the Douglas valley trail.

Comment by: Harry C. on 7th July 2012 at 16:08

I'm pleased that you find them interesting Ernest, they were carved by Andy Burgess, chainsaw artist from south Manchester,(I looked it up on Google)

As you say Mick they make a woodland walk more interesting,
regarding the ones on the Douglas valley trail (see my photo 4/6/11)
the Kingfisher at Tesco entrance
has lost the fish from it's beak,
vandalism or inclement weather I don't Know.

There has been a lot of work done in Borsdane Wood, it's worth a walk to see, and it's a lot cleaner unerfoot now. H.

Comment by: Harry C. on 7th July 2012 at 16:52

Sorry Ernest I forgot to mention the one on the top left is either a butterfly or a moth. H.

Comment by: Jean F (Wales) on 7th July 2012 at 20:30


Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 7th July 2012 at 21:32

Thanks Mick and Harry. It`s Tim Burgess - Chainsaw Sculptor. Just had a qick look at his website :-

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 7th July 2012 at 21:39

Tim Burgess has a brother Andy!-just been on Tim`s website again.

Comment by: Harry C. on 8th July 2012 at 19:31

You may be right Ernest they work together. H.

Comment by: Karin on 9th July 2012 at 21:14

Andy Burgess has carved a fallen oak in Skitters Wood too. Andy is the younger brother and Tim is the older brother. They are both very talented chainsaw carvers.

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