The Fortune Green fox arrived about three weeks ago. It was created by Robert Randall, a local resident and a professional woodcarver and restoration specialist. Robert knows the Green well, as he's lived in the area for several years and used to play football with his son there regularly 'until it became too embarrassing to play with Dad,' he laughs.
The other new arrival on the Green is a beautiful carved owl and baby, created by chainsaw sculptor, Tim Burgess. 'It's a stylised tawny owl,’ says Tim. ‘In reality, tawny owls are small and thin, just a bundle of feathers really, so when people ask me to carve one, which they often do, it always has to be 'stylised'.’ Chainsaw strokes and textures are shown off best on bigger, bulkier shapes. The owl is carved from a tree that came down close to where Tim lives in Cheshire. It was carved almost entirely using chainsaws of different sizes - the smallest saw for the beak and the feathers - then finished off using finer tools for the eyes and the claws, a touch of blow torch on the wings and a coating of oil and varnish to keep out the weather.