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Having discovered the world of the chainsaw artist in 2011, Simon decided to put his hand to the art, producing his very first piece, carved initials for his sister's wedding.
Encouraged by his success, he developed ideas and produced a range of simple carvings, including mushrooms, small benches and chairs.
As Simon's confidence and ability improved, he attempted more intricate designs, such as bears and other small animals.
Since these early days, Simon has vastly extended his repertoire of designs and has exhibited carvings in a range of settings, from small local fairs, to larger art exhibitions.
Simon soon discovered detail was key in the observation and carving of proportions, especially in facial expressions, which up till this point, he had limited to the bear sculptures only.
During 2014, Simon had the opportunity to develop this skill, when he was commissioned to create a life-sized World War One soldier, for a four-year-long placement in Rustington town centre. This project was designed to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the start of the First World War. In addition to the soldier, Simon also felt it important to remember the sacrifice of the brave animals who served alongside their human counterparts. For this reason, he decided to carve a horses head, to stand next to the soldier
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