Carve a Tree Spirit signage on an Oak panel
Small indoor Wizards carved from Hazel with Western Red Cedar hats.
9’ tall wizard carved from a Monterey Pine log, carved during the 2013 National Ploughing Championships as part of the Husqvarna arena.
The Place of Gratitude Sign
Sign commissioned for a garden and carved in Iroko.
The Legacy Flame
This 8’ Lawson Cypress log carving was commissioned by the National Animal Rescue Centre for their Memorial/Legacy Garden in Co Longford
A selection of Mad Spirits carved from Lime
Spirit of Nature
This was a fork from a lovely old Ash tree which was unfortunately diseased and had to be felled. We salvaged this section of the tree and sited it in a shady spot. The idea of the design is to depict the “Nature Spirit” that runs through all of nature. Included in the design are an owl, squirrel, horse, dog, cat and some oak and ash leaves.
Sleepy Crinkle Sign
This sign was commissioned by a playschool and was carved in Red Cherry. I added hazelnuts and leaves to the sign as it had special meaning to the client.
Make a Wish Sign
Sign for a wishing well in a public garden.
This log sign was commissioned for a client to display the Kona bicycle brand name in an imposing and physical way. It was carved from an 8’ Lime log.
The Last Druid
Carved from Lime.
Carved from Spanish Chestnut and coated several times with Shellac.
Mask corbel carved in Lime.
Typical Wood Spirit in Elm.
Smiling Wood Spirit
Carved in Irish Elm. The tree unfortunately had to be felled because of disease, so I decided to make this guy a happy spirit.
Carved in Lime.
High Relief Fish
A deep relief of a stylised Celtic fish carved in Lime and framed with a black picture frame in Obeche.
Green Man Newel Post
Me with a Green Man newel post that I was commissioned by a client to carve and install. Carved in Oak and had several coats of Danish oil applied to give it a nice natural lustre.
This is Ted, a character I created who eats golf balls and lives in the undergrowth of Mullingar Golf Course!. Carved from Lime.
Danu the Mother and the Watcher
This sculpture is of Danu, the Mother Goddess and was carved from Horse Chestnut. It was commissioned by Caravantasia in Tipperary as a point of interest for their campsite.
Two Macracarpa Cedar Maoi heads being roughed out for the Greencrafts field at Electric Picnic 2012.
Oak Leaf Study
Oak leaf and acorns carved in Elm.
Small Moon Gazing Hare
Hare being worked on – nearly finished! Carved in Lime.
Carved as an interior wall piece. This was the miniature for the Green Man of Uisneach and carved in Lime.
A nice piece of Lawson Cypress that will hold several Tree Spirits when completed.
A selection of Odd Spirits to hang on your wall. From the left: Puritan, Hippy Dippy and Clint – all carved from Lime.
Carved and stained with dark waxes. My imagination running riot!
Oak panel carved for a client who wanted the elements of the Oak tree to appear with the spirit.
Log Rough Out
Ash log being prepared for work. It eventually became Amergin the Druid.
Salmon of Knowledge
The mythical salmon who lived in the River Boyne. Carved in Lime and mounted on an Oak panel.
A lovely picture showing how wood patinates to a silver colour after a few years of exposure to the elements.
Image ©Copyright John Dix
Wise Wood Spirit
Carved in Elm and looking slightly melancholy!
Had this idea in my head for a long time – a Lime mask set into a Bog Oak root.
A stick for a hunting gentleman commissioned as a present I believe and was carved from a nice piece of curved Blackthorn grafted onto a Hazel shank.
The Rings in the Wood
The Sons of Tuireann carving process, directed by film maker John Shiel
The Oak King
This Oak log became the Oak King and was carved for Belvedere House and Gardens, Co. Westmeath in 2010.
Sons of Tuireann
These Lime logs were carved to become the three brothers Brian, Iuchar and Iucharba. The documentary in the “About Richie” section tells the story of their creation.
Cone head Santas
Carved and painted by me and only come out for sale once a year!
Indian chief carved from Lime and hand finished with oil paints.
Wizard and Me
Me with the Wizard having just been completed. Thanks to Husqvarna for the lovely work clothes!
Lugh of the Sun
This is Lugh, one of the legendary leaders of the Tuatha de Danann. It was carved from Ash and lives on the Hill of Uisneach, Co Westmeath.
The King of Thomond! Brian Boru who lived from 941 – 1014 carved in Lime and framed in Bog Oak.
Another carving of Lugh in Lime set into an undulating Bog Oak base. His head band is also from Bog Oak.
Amergin the Druid
The finished sculpture of Amergin just having been sealed with oil.
Green Man of Uisneach
The biggest Green Man I have ever carved! Carved for the Festival of the Fires 2012 from an Ash log with some nice Celtic knotwork and incised uncial lettering.
Image ©Copyright John Dix
Easter Island Maoi Head
A nice piece of Beech log carved for a client approx. 3’ high.