John Adamson- Tree Sculptor
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Lytham St Annes Civic Society wanted to celebrate the opening by the Duke of Edinburgh, 25 years previously, of some amenity woodland in the town called Witch Wood. They thought of planting a tree, but there were plenty of those already, so I talked them into a seat.
The Sycamore logs used, had been felled in the woods, where they are considered a weed, and shade out more native tree species. The design was defined by the size of the felled logs, which had been cut with easy handling in mind rather than suitability for seat making. Most of the volunteers had worked for British Aerospace and one of them described the seat to the others, as a rocket with five booster tanks.
The rocket / backrest gave me plenty of space to carve four panels illustrating the work of the volunteers as they planted a tree. Around the backrest, above and below the panels I carved "LYTHAM ST ANNES CIVIC SOCIETY" and "WITCH WOOD ANNIVERSARY 1974-99".