Carved from 7 tons of Sweet Chestnut. Prince Rupert hid in the well at Wollescote Hall during the English Civil War. From Oliver Cromwell’s Roundheads. He fled to France until the Restoration.
‘The work at Ward End Park, Birmingham was commissioned by the Friends of Ward End Park and funded by the The Heritage Lottery Fund.
They comprise a giant conker, acorn and beechnut which are seeds of the main trees in the park.
They are part of a ‘tree trail’ which opened on 4th July, 2013′
I have been asked to create works that are designed to remember, celebrate or commemorate people who have died. These are sensitive pieces that are made in close collaboration with loved ones and friends.
I am very pleased to include here an endorsement of my work by John Nightingale.
‘I should like to recommend the work of Graham Jones a woodcarver who has produced a number of beautiful and imaginative memorials which are suitable for private or public use.”
John Nightingale, Canon Emeritus, Birmingham.
Bushbury Cemetery, Wolverhampton.
In 2011 Graham won a sculpture commission from Wolverhampton MBC for a contemplative sculpture as part a of a major new cemetery development in Bushbury. “I was inspired by the brief for this competition and wanted to create a piece of work which would be in sympayhy with the emotions of those who visit. The cemetery is a special place and I wanted to design work which would be both comtemplative and uplifting.
Feedback from families has been very touching and the way the sunlight shines on the work creates different reflections from dawn till dusk.”
Private Commission : this was made for Rhys who died at age 21, commissioned by his mother and family.
Spa Centre Theatre
Celebrating the life of WENDY who worked at The Spa Centre Theatre Leamington.
The carving was made in an existing Cedar tree that had grown too big for the space in among several London Plane trees at the front of the theatre. The life of the tree has become a fitting tribute to the life of Wendy.
Seat Commission by Gynae Cancer Support Group “To Remember Our Friends” – Walsall Hospital 2012
Tree Carvings NEW LODGE WINDSOR A Giant Oak Tree. Tree carvings are becoming popular in Parks and private gardens and woodland. Rather than felling a tree completely and destroying it Continue Reading →
In June I was commissioned to make a sculpture to remember and celebrate the life of Wendy who worked at the theatre, and who died very unexpectedly in January of this Continue Reading →
The Design: a pure abstract/natural shape with hollowed out centre carefully crafted to interact with light in several ways.The form as a whole may invoke a flame, praying hands, a Continue Reading →
When I first went to Sweet Chillies, Yardley Wood Road, Birmingham, I simply couldn’t believe the beauty of the food. I felt I wanted to make a Chilli from wood Continue Reading →
The garden is a celebration of Rhys who died in 2011 at the age of 21. Rhys was an inspiration to his mother who’s idea the garden was.It is to become a centre of inspiration and exploration for children and exemplifies Rhys’ love of literature. A long bench is carved for Rhys incorporating his interests in literature, poetry, music and life.
‘ By curves come all things to their goal’. This beautiful phrase by Nietzsche, who Rhys loved, sums up the convoluted ways our lives unfold and is inscripted into the bench.
The entrance portal is a gateway made from organically shaped oak forms.
New Musical Instrument ‘Harp’ Sculpture in Highbury Park, Kings Heath, Birmingham. Made from a curved oak branch and slats to bash rather than strings. ‘I don’t think strings would last long Continue Reading →
New signposts and Sculptures for Sot’s hole, Sandwell Valley, West Bromwich.The Friends of Sot’s Hole attained funding from the Lottery’s Community Spaces Scheme for Graham to produce designed and carved signage for new paths in Sot’s Hole. This was supported by Sandwell MBC and overseen by Jo Miskin, Community Developement Officer.Made from Sweet Chestnut and Oak, designs were helped along by children from 4 local schools.
Selly Oak Park in Birmingham has had new work and a nature trail introduced. Graham has carved a bench and Welcome post in Sweet Chestnut and installed them on the site. Continue Reading →
A private commission for a garden. Made from one piece of oak. It weighs nearly half a ton.
Prince Rupert was a cousin of Charles 1 and during the English Civil War in the 17th Century Rupert fought for the Royalist cause from a Headquarters at Wollescote Hall. Continue Reading →
Pictures of Graham’s work from the summer exhibition at Moseley Violins, Moseley Birmingham B13. Moseley Violins stock some of the finest string instruments in the country and the world including Continue Reading →
This work is part of the Sculpture Trail in Jubilee Park, Queen Elizabeth Gardens in Bewdley. Designed and made in conjuction with Woodland Ways to commemorate the old orchard that was on this site. There are now new fruit trees planted.
The Apple Core is carved in Oak and is intented as a play sculpture with foot and hand holds carved in. It stands around 10ft tall.
The Apple Core Continue Reading →
Graham carved a Bear and Ragged Staff for Solihull Rotary Club. It was auctioned at the Lord Mayors Grand Ball on Sat 20th March. It had been carved at a Rotary Continue Reading →
In march 2009 Graham made a giant dragon carving in conjuction with Sculptor Robot Cossey for a park in Stourbridge.
I was Commissioned by Birmingham City Council to carve a large Cedar trunk fronting the viewing platform in Ley Hill Park Birmingham.
The ‘man from the ground’ has emerged. He is a viewer from the viewing platform at the top of the park. A 4ft diameter Cedar tree was felled because of damage and safety issues. I am carving an 8 meter length of it.
The carving represents the male in nature, complementing the female carved on the nearby Scots Pine in 2008. He lives in the ground, he may be coming out or going in depending on how he feels. His hair spreads across the ground and can be sat on (ie a carved seat in the hair) Further ideas for carvings on the Cedar are ruminating and he may have a Kunzle cake to eat.