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
To see more details of the carving process look at the step by step description on John’s website