Sculpture made from wood by Doug King-Smith
I started exploring sculpture in 2005 when I first bought a chainsaw. I lived in a Beatrix Potter kind of house in Sussex with a little cruck-frame woodshed nestled in thick oak and hazel woodland. All the wood I sourced was from a huge mountain of waste wood produced at the local sawmill. I had no prior experience and simply threw myself into the work, exploring the interface of chainsaw dreams and wood.
Slowly my inspiration began to take shape... exploring movement and form, light & dark, & the spaces in-between... The chainsaw is loud and aggressive, the work a sublimation of this force. Occasionally I will carve with just an axe and chisel as well as make signs for local community groups. My work is available by commission.
Public commissions have included work at Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetland Trust, Gloucestershire, and at High Heathercombe sculpture trail on Dartmoor, Devon, as well as work with Earthed - award winning designers of cob-buildings in the UK.
In 2011 and 2012 I travelled to Japan, taking part in a month long residency creating work for exhibition at the Harmony Centre in Noto, and subsequently at the Shiinoki Cultural Complex in Kanazawa City.
I also hold workshops at schools and community groups introducing people to sculpture and the use of hand-tools.
Recent projects include teaching sculpture at ‘The Heart Of Oak’ project in Newton Abbot, Devon, sculpting the cruck-frame & windows of a cob-roundhouse in Norfolk, Making a cob oven & timber-framed turf roofed shelter at Dartington Primary in Devon, and contributing to the Schumacher College Sustainable Building Course