Carolyn Hindmarsh

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I have always been creative throughout my life but came late to woodcarving. I originally trained in glass making and design but work took me into designing for the decorative domestic lighting industry.

A chance meeting with a travelling woodcarver led me to a life on the road and learning to carve wood myself. It was a life change in more ways than just wood! For now I am settled in mid Wales, near Builth Wells, taking inspiration from the stunning landscape around me; Celtic design, myths and legends, the flowers in the hedgerow, or a gnarly piece of wood from a field edge.

I enjoy the challenge of a commission – to carve a hen for example, you have to observe and understand how it looks from every angle. Then there is the physical aspect of the work that keeps me fit and the meditative state while carving.

I am a person that needs to be creative. Having worked in a number of different materials I have found that wood allows me to express myself freely and easily. Wood is a beautiful and varying natural material. With each piece I work on I give it my all, as most pieces are sculpted, sanded and finished to a high degree. This reveals the grain and colour of the wood. It is a slow process with no shortcuts.

Currently, I am enjoying reclaiming old oak fencing stakes and giving them a new life with chiseled designs. I also create signs, do three-dimensional carvings and take commissions. I find great pleasure in working with people to create their personal sculpture.

To contact me:

Telephone: 07967 351682

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