John had been asked to carve a portrait of Sean Dyche, manager of Burnley Football Club, on a tight budget. The wood was a standing tree stump in a pub yard. Photographs of Sean Dyche with his mouth shut are rare. John managed to get a front view, but the side view had an open mouth. It took some juggling to get the two photos printed to the same size.
The carving was started with a chain saw and continued with some very large chisels , gouges, and a mallet made from a crown green bowling ball, that John keeps just for large chain saw work
The finished work was given a red beard and eye brows by another artist.
John had taken photographs of each stage of the work so members could see the whole process