Q&A John Lee


John Lee

What is your practice? Materials? Processes?

I carve medium to large scale sculptures into unseasoned wood using chainsaws. A little bit of electric sanding is used to finish the pieces but 99% of the work is completed using chainsaws of various sizes.

What 5 words best describe your work?

Noisy, Dusty, Dangerous, Exciting, Fun.

Do you have any design heroes?

Much of my work takes its inspiration from animals either real or imaginary, so I would have to say that nature produces the designs that I aspire to and take the most inspiration from.

Where is your studio?

I work in a variety of locations, especially as many commisions are for tree stumps which are obviously at fixed locations. I do have the use of a factory space in Broadheath which is great for larger pieces and I have been known to produce stuff in my back garden, although I do have neighbours to consider!

Describe a typical day in your studio.

There is honestly no such thing as a typical day. I might be up on a scaffold tower in Wythenshawe one day doing a corporate logo and in someones back garden the next carving a bottle of Champagne.


Did you exhibit or visit last years SAT?

I am sorry to say I missed last years SAT. But I soon heard it was a great success for all involved and was delighted to be ivited by Sarah Mitch to demonstrate at her house (venue F) with several other very nice and super talented artists.

What will you be selling at SAT15? Anything new?

Actually yes, I have had a go at carving some chairs from solid English Oak. I’m really pleased with the results and will be making a few more over the weekend.

What venue are you exhibiting at?

Venue F, I will be carving away in the garden and happy to chat over the weekend. Cover your ears and enjoy the show.

Tell us something we don’t know.

The chain on a chainsaw has a top speed of 25 metres per second.


Thank you Lee!


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