North Yorkshire's Mysterious Tree Sculptor Finally Revealed

By Meera Dolasia on March 1, 2012

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For the last two months, the residents of the historic town of Knaresborough in North Yorkshire, UK have been scratching their heads in amazement as they watched the radical transformation of ordinary trees in the nearby woods, into extraordinary works of art.

However, it seems that the artist who created the intricate tree carvings that included a diving kingfisher plucking fish from the sea, a spooky figure and a larger than life lizard, both of which seemed to come directly from Harry Potter's Forbidden Forest, did not want to be discovered.

But, the locals and the media were not going to give up that easily. Reporters from the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) finally decided to approach the owner of the wooded area, David Brown, to see if he knew anything about them

Turns out that it was he who had commissioned award-winning British chainsaw tree sculptor Tommy Craggs, to create these mystical works of art. The former lumberjack, who only carves trees that are already on the ground or those that need to be felled, is a master at his profession and cherishes in going around the world, creating amazing works of art.

As to how he managed to complete these carvings without anyone seeing him is this open area that is accessible to the general public, still remains a mystery. However, the town folk are not complaining. These sculptures have just added a new tourist draw to the area that is already popular for its quirky architecture and annual art festivals.


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  • amethystryses
    amethystrysesWednesday, October 15, 2014 at 11:20 am
    very artistic
    • Shot king 85Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:27 am
      I like it
      • Shadow kingFriday, February 14, 2014 at 9:16 am
        U should be in the world records
        • Shadow kingFriday, February 14, 2014 at 9:11 am
          That's cool
          • bube15
            bube15Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 5:16 pm
            looks like an indian carved it.
            • DavidWednesday, May 29, 2013 at 6:20 am
              Who? A lumber jack what?made a sculptor where? Olka homa when?march1.2012 why?he wanted to meet his challenge
              • JohnnyMonday, April 22, 2013 at 11:04 am
                • xgispzx
                  xgispzxSaturday, April 6, 2013 at 12:07 pm
                  Those are some cool and pretty sculptures!
                  • Cameron B.Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 9:32 am
                    This article was very interesting , though I've read Harry potter and these never appeared.
                    • nickt6Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 11:00 am




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