Artist hopes to carve quirky niche

Albany Extra - - News - Shan­non Smith

Dar­rel Rad­cliffe’s tree carv­ings leave many be­wil­dered as to how he can cre­ate such fine pieces of art­work with a chain­saw.

The lo­cal chain­saw carver’s lat­est work in­cludes a piece com­mis­sioned by the City of Al­bany at Mid­dle­ton Beach.

Rad­cliffe said the jar­rah tree had died two years ago and in­stead of re­mov­ing it they asked him to turn it into some­thing that re­flects the lo­cal wildlife.

“I cre­ated a black cock­a­too and a ring­tail pos­sum be­cause they both re­flect the area well,” he said.

“It took three days and I just start at the top and carve down­wards — you have to get into a mind­set and I don’t re­ally have a plan as to where I am go­ing to be in five min­utes. I don’t even plan the shape, I just start and it all makes sense at the end thank good­ness.”

Hav­ing carved for eight years, Rad­cliffe puts life and per­son­al­ity into wood that would oth­er­wise only be used as fire­wood.

He has a sculp­ture drive with a col­lec­tion of his cre­ations that even­tu­ally he would like to use as a tourist at­trac­tion for the re­gion.

“Even­tu­ally, I would like to have my own busi­ness, but to even cre­ate a quirky tourist at­trac­tion is amaz­ing. I would have 50 sculp­tures on my sculp­ture drive now, which is on Mercer Road.

Pic­tures: Lau­rie Ben­son

Dar­rel Rad­cliffe with his work of art at Mid­dle­ton Beach.

De­tail of Dar­rel Rad­cliffe's work in Ellen Cove.

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