3D Wood – Nick Speakman

December 2011

Main big commission for the month was to design and chainsaw carve a 4.6 metre abstract form for a Wetherspoons pub in Stowmarket , Cambridgeshire with a tight deadline of the 23rd December aaagh!!

First thing first, find  a big enough interesting tree, yet again those top guys from EJM tree services came up trumps;  with great skill they managed to take a section of a tree that was being felled anyway out prior to it being dropped with minimal damage: awesome!

As well as the abstract I managed to squeeze in a life sized female nude in a dead standing cherry tree near Reading in Berkshire . How I managed to carve my first ever in situ nude in under three days is a mystery! I felt totally focussed and completely in sync with the job in hand, especially since during the process I enjoyed the stillness of carving alone as the customer wasn’t around .

The Stowmarket abstract flowed well and was finished and installed on time and on budget on the 22rd of December, one day early. Just enough time left to get one last minute Christmas carving in; a small Labrador dog in English oak, a Christmas present commissioned and bound for Dorset, done!

Christmas was never more welcome I was shattered.  Plenty of food , rest, family, and long walks with my dog (Stanley) , batteries recharged.