Using Chainsaw, Skilled Artist Transforms A Damaged Tree Into A Hand Reaching For The Sky

Almost every material imaginable can be transformed into a work of art, but it would take skill to do so. This chainsaw artist from Wrexham is one of those talented people who can turn wood—his chosen medium—into anything he wants it to be.

Waterloo-born Simon O’Rourke is an award-winning wood carver who creates imaginative sculptures across the globe. Now based in Wales, Simon is currently in the midst of a four-week project which has brought him back to the Liverpool City Region and it’s said to be one of his biggest challenges yet – carving The Beatles from tree trunks.

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Simon O’Rourke

The remnants of the UK’s tallest tree, which was felled after being damaged in a storm, has been transformed into a carving of a giant hand.

A 15.2m (50ft) stump was the only part left standing after the 124-year-old Douglas Fir was axed at the Lake Vyrnwy estate in Powys in March.

It had stood at 63.7m (209ft), taller than a 20-storey building, and was once regarded as the UK’s joint highest.

From wrist to finger tip, the giant hand measures 2m (7ft).

Artist Simon O’Rourke, 33, from Wrexham, used a chainsaw to carve the top of the stump, and modelled the sculpture on his own hand.

Simon O’Rourke

Scaffolding was erected around the “blank canvas” tree trunk last month and the project took a week to complete.

“The Forestry Commission, who are looking after the area, decided that it would be a good idea to have a memorial to the tree and left a 50ft stem when they felled it,” said Mr O’Rourke, who has called his work the Giant Hand of Vyrnwy.

“They invited eight artists to tender for the job and I got it.”

He said the hand carving was in an area of the estate known as The Giants of Vyrnwy, and the location had inspired him.

Artist Simon O’Rourke used a chainsaw to carve a giant hand emerging from a tree stump.

Simon O’Rourke

“There are a few tall Douglas firs growing in the Giants of Vyrnwy area and I was going on the giants theme,” he said.

“It’s a last attempt by the tree to reach the sky.”

Mr O’Rourke, who has been tree carving for nine years, has 12 different chainsaws.

His previous projects have included carvings of a swan, an angel, a kingfisher, a chipmunk and a giant clock.

Simon O’Rourke

The damage to the tree was spotted earlier this year, and the Forestry Commission feared that it could have been a risk to visitors.

The tree was leaning to one side, and there were two substantial cracks on opposite sides of the main stem extending from the buttress roots to a height of 3.5m.

A few years ago, it was measured by tree surgeon who stretched a length of rope up to the top as he climbed its branches.

The height was then calculated back on the ground and confirmed by the Tree Register of the British Isles.

Creating the piece was an intense process. O’Rourke worked in a scaffold and formed the hand over the course of six days.

Simon O’Rourke

Simon O’Rourke

The sculpture is now near Lake Vyrnwy, a reservoir in Powys, Wales where everyone can enjoy it.


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20 Pictures of German Shepherds That Show You How Adorable and Loving They Are

I believe you all have heard of German Shepherds. They are the most steadfastly loyal companions, and consistently rank at the top of the most popular dog breeds, and it’s easy to see why. German shepherd dogs (GSD) are noble, diligent, loyal, and highly intelligent dogs. They are large in size and have very streamlined, athletic builds that make them both strong and agile.

Though they are excellent herding dogs, German shepherds are very well suited to work as service animals, such as guide dogs for the blind. They are excellent performing as working dogs, especially in police and military operations. They also make highly effective guard dogs. Of course, the German shepherd dog also makes a wonderful companion in the right home.

One of the most recognizable breeds today, German shepherds are celebrated for their impressive balance of power and grace. They surely mark a presence in your heart as well. To all of those who own a German shepherd, they will strongly agree to that fact.

Below we’ve made a list of their adorable pictures, and they will make you fall in love with this breed once more.

1. My boy Kenzo, my soulmate. He’s a real gentle giant with a puppy personality. 


2. My baby had a photoshoot and I chose the photo that really shows her personality 


3. My baby girl met her brother again after 3 weeks 


4. I, for one, feel safer knowing there’s a German Shepherd in the Oval Office. 


5. Finally broke it to her that she was adopted. 


6. My family has always had a love for shepherds 


7. Now this is funny and cute 


8. My Flynn 8 Months old – for contrast My husband is 6ft 2in 


9. Our boy passed his test, he is officially a therapy dog! 


10. Me and my boy, Bauer 


11. Went to the shelter just to see, came home with this beautiful boy. Meet Fenrir aka Finn.


12. This pup helped me survive through medical school 


13. Meeka realized she can stand in the pool 


14. People tend to be scared of my pup when I take her out but she’s probably more loving than most people tbh 


15. We’re super cute. Give us your lunch! 


16. We found Lucy on a desert highway when she was 4 weeks old, today she celebrates 10 months. 


17. She’s just so cute I can hardly stand it! 


18. Levi sporting a baby carhartt coat 


19. Kato mastered “sit” and “stay, so now we are moving on to “defensive driving” 


20. I just can’t get over his face 


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