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Chainsaw carver prepares for Countryside Live demonstrations
5:15pm Friday 4th October 2013 in News
A CHAINSAW carver has put the finishing touches to a wooden bird of prey, which will play an important part in this month’s Countryside Live.
Tree surgeon and carver Mark Bell completed his carvings watched by his own three-year-old Harris Hawk Connie, in a demonstration ahead of the annual rural event that takes place on Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20.
Chainsaw carving is one of the new elements for visitors to watch at the little sister event to the Great Yorkshire Show, Harrogate, and Mr Bell will be giving demonstrations on both days.
Mr Bell said: “I have been using a chainsaw since 1983 but started carving about 10 years ago.
“I have made a wide range of carvings – from a 10 foot six inch tall bear and dragon’s head, to smaller birds of prey.
“I use hard waste to create the sculptures – it’s noisy work but I hope visitors to Countryside Live will enjoy watching my demonstrations.”
Other new attractions at Countryside Live include a carriage driving competition and displays from the Tailwagger Dog Team.
Firm favourites making a return include ferret racing, archery and the popular contest to find Britain’s most talented show jumper with equestrian Olympic equestrian stars Graham and Tina Fletcher in the judges’ hotseat.
There will also be dozens of stands and classes for cattle, sheep, horses, honey, poultry and pigeons.
Tickets can be bought in advance, up to Friday, October 11, and cost £8 for adults, £4 for children, and a family ticket, admitting two adults and three children, costs £22.
For more information and tickets visit www.countrysidelive.co.uk.
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