David’s new wildlife carving taking shape.

The new carving at Fort Victoria Country Park is taking shape. The new tree is in position – moved by a team of volunteers and David Wallace can be seen most days carving a section of tree.

When the tree was in its final position, David walked around the showing me what carving might go where – where I could only see bark, he would see a lobster, a frog, castle, mermaid and more. Where his imagination stops his carving ability takes off. He really is a talented artist and he will spend the rest of the summer carving away – already there are some secret carved features that take an age to find!

Most of his time he focuses on the carving lobster, but every so often for light relief he moves on to another part of the tree and another animal or feature starts to take shape.

Sadly, David’s sculpture from last year was stolen from the country park. The focus of last years carving was the animals and plants that could be found in the Solent, he had carved 65 of them. It was a very strong conservation message. However, someone or people unknown came in at night and took a chainsaw to the carving – this year, we have added some security measures so theft is less likely.

As with last year, visitors to the country park just love talking to David about the sculpture and the plants and animals to be found in the wood. David is a good naturalist so conversations often move on to what can be seen in the Solent – In essence David and his work is a living visitor centre and a great credit to Fort Victoria Country Park.

Wood carver David Wallace

Photographs: Pete Johnstone. Fort Victoria Country Park, Freshwater, Isle of Wight.

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