Mick Burns: "Like so many other artists I also take my inspiration from the shapes and forms nature has to offer, although in some ways I tend more towards the unconventional in that I find objects like animal skulls fascinating from a sculptural point of view. It was from this source that I decided on the subject for my first opportunity to carve as a guest at 'Sculptree'. I chose to produce a giant roe deer skull which subsequently featured on the cover of 'Woodcarving Magazine'.
"I also love to carve shells. Their apparent simplicity masks the rather complicated progression of a helix which, if one does not capture quite right, can result in the piece only being fit for firewood.
"My work is in demand for use or display by Local Authorities, Community Groups, Schools, Businesses,Theme Parks, Galleries, and individual clients. I have created a vast number of public works for Woodland Trust, National Trust, Sustrans, and Assorted Developers. I have attended a large number of carving events including some abroad. I am booked regularly as a key attraction at various events to demonstrate chainsaw carving and have given seminars at the largest chainsaw carving gathering in the world Ridgway Chainsaw Carving Rendezvous."