Have you noticed the chainsaw carved tree sculptures popping up along the Trans Pennine Trail?
The man behind these artistic creations is Stephen Tarr, 52 year old Stephen originally trained as a cabinet maker and joiner, he has also worked as a teacher passing on his skills and passion for working with wood.
Stephen is experienced at felling and planking trees and using the seasoned wood for to make furniture. He had a mill where he worked from and also taught from there until a devastating arson attack over a decade ago, with an estimated £500,000 worth of damage Stephen had to look for new opportunities.
Down on his luck Stephen bought a van and set out working as a tree surgeon and this is how he got into tree carving. From an early age Stephen has had an interest in carving and has always tried to pass his skills on to his students. Dedicated in sharing his passion and experience Stephen is now working on a project with youngsters from around Penistone, the finished sculptures will be located in the High Street area.
Trans Pennine Trail Tree Spirit
Stephens most recent piece of work on the Trans Pennine Trail is the “Tree Spirit” which was carved into a tree that had to be cut down for safety reasons, working closely with Kate Dobson of the TPT Volunteers thiscreative project will become a living sculpture as the tree has been left in a condition where new growth will be able to sprout.
You Can contact Stephen on 07968823481
His Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/sj.logging