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winning sculpture was of bears in a canoe. William told My Hemel & Leverstock Green News


he was thrilled to win and said he thought the secret of his success was simple. He said: “It’s one of those pieces that make everyone smile. A lot of ideas just come to me – you don’t know what size the wood’s going to be then you have to deal with what you have.” William is now a full time chainsaw carver and works for a number of notable organisations including the National Trust, Forestry Commission and local authorities. Although business is obviously booming, William revealed a surprising secret. He said: “Still to this day, I can’t draw and you do have to be artistic to be a carver. If someone gives me a picture, I can imagine it in 3D. People send me pictures and I can imagine them – I’m artistic in that way. “I am often commissioned to do work on free- standing wood and to tree stumps in situ. I can work from photographs or pictures of the required subject. I have completed commissions for projects as diverse as a seven foot Moon Goddess from a stump in a private garden, to a 30 foot totem pole. I am invited to attend many agricultural and woodcraft shows in both the UK and the US. To find out more about William and his carvings, go to www.chainsaw-carvings.co.uk


by Tim Green


www.mynewsmag.co.uk l October 2012 l


William Lee’s winning carving at the Championships


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