John Adamson- Tree Sculptor
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Lindley C of E Infant School asked to carve an otter to go with the owl (click here to see owl) that I had carved something ago. It was another, in one day challenge, on another dying 2 metre high cherry tree in the school grounds. I am not a wildlife expert so, I asked around the internet for advice and eventually found www.otterjoy.com . They came up with the marvelous quote that when otters slide in mud or snow, if the angle is more than 15 degrees they spread their feet out to act as brakes. I based my design on pictures and a stuffed a specimen in the Cliffe Castle Museum in Keighly. AsI need to visualise the finished result whilst it is still in the block, I made a full sized plastercine model.
The day of the carving wasd bright but very cold and windy. Thankfully there were no snow showers this time. Using the chain saw for the roughing out was ok but holding the hand tools for the detailed work was a bit difficult