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John Adamson

Wood Sculptor / Carver


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About me

I am a sculptor / woodcarver taking inspiration from the form of the log rather than forcing my ideas on squared timber.      I allow the wood to tell me what to carve as I search for the hidden story.    I prefer the human figure but my work includes a wide range of subjects.   I specialise in Corporate Art and Private commissions I prefer to start from the natural form of the log, tree or root as these have natural curves and strengths that help to give life and movement to my figures.  With square cut timber, these elements are not so evident, and the figure can easily look stiff like a wooden toy soldier.


  • Sculpture
  • Wood Carviing

Work history


Wood Sculptor & Carver

The Chase

Apr 2015
  • Woodcarver of 50 elephants to be distributed to their best customers



Ocean Refit

Sep 2014 - Mar 2015
  • Carve a dragon out of 120 year old oak in the shape of the original yacht makers logo


Chainsaw Carving Demonstrator

Shackletons Garden Centre, Clitheroe

Mar 2013 - Mar 2013
  • To demonstrate Chainsaw carving and talk to their customers


Designer & Woodcarver

Eureka!, the National Children Museum

Dec 2012 - Feb 2013
  • To design and carve 3 roundels to illustrate the sources of food


Designer & Woodcarver

Natural England

Dec 2012 - Mar 2013
  • To design and carve 6 carvings of animals / plants that can be found on Humberhead Peatlands Reserve to help the disabled and able bodied understand the site



B A Sculpture

University of Central Lancashire

Aug 1996 - May 2000