For several weeks, residents in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire were baffled when a cadre of mystical tree sculpture creatures suddenly appeared in their surrounding woods – the enchanted forest sprouted a dragon, a kingfisher, and a ghoul standing over 10 feet high. Now local chainsaw carver Tommy Craggs has come forward as the mystery artist – check out our gallery for a closer look at his repertoire of intricately carved wooden sculptures!
After the great reveal, the residents of Knaresborough actually became fans of Tommy Craggs’ work, and they now look forward to seeing more sculptures pop up around town.
This is not the artist’s first public exhibition – Craggs has competed in chainsaw carving competitions all over the world, earning commissions outside homes, cafes, and fairs in many countries. One of Tommy Craggs’ biggest pieces is a collection of wild animal lining the trails of a nature walk in Allensford Park in Durham, England. Visitors can enjoy the outdoors while following the serpentine tail of a lizard, the jagged back of a toad, or the delicate wings of a giant wooden butterfly. These tree sculptures look so vivid!