Crowds flock to see chainsaw sculptors

Families flocked to Irchester Country Park for Woodfest 2013 and enjoyed a feast of music and the distinctive sound of chainsaw carvers.

The event on Saturday and Sunday featured carvers from the UK, Germany, Sweden, Holland and Belgium and even one artist from Pennsylvania.

One of the chainsaw wood carvers in action

One of the chainsaw wood carvers in action

The demonstrations were organised by Dick Tilley, the park’s resident artist and woodcarver, who said: “Chainsaw carving came to Britain about 12 years ago from America. You can create art quickly and achieve some fine detail.”

Visitors to Woodfest enjoyed a packed programme of live music organised by singer-songwriter Kenneth J Nash.

Among those taking part were Vikki Clayton, Them Urban Foxes, Apache John Band, Kings Gambit, Kismet Hardy, Adelle Kirk and Mark Gill and Greasy Diablos.

Dan Doyle, senior ranger at the park, said: “Woodfest offers something different and it’s all free. It’s a way of giving something back to the people who use the park.”

As well as crafts, refreshments and a beer tent, there were displays by longbow archers and the Wellingborough-based Longship Traders and the Bifrost Guard Dark Ages re-enactment group who staged several displays.