Inspiration of Wood festival makes a very welcome return

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The beauty of wood will take centre stage in Corrie and Sannox next weekend with the return of a special festival.

Furniture makers, artists, home decorators and anyone else that appreciates the aesthetics and unique qualities of wood will once again be able to enjoy a celebration of all things wood when the Inspiration of Wood event takes place at Corrie and Sannox Village Hall.

Postponed last year, but now returning bigger than ever, the event encompasses all aspects of wood, from harvesting to milling, rough shaping and fine carving to precise cabinet making.

The multi-disciplinary and wide ranging appeal has in previous years seen the two-day festival attract hundreds of visitors who flock to the village hall over the two days to learn about the provenance of wooden items and to have a go at some of the activities themselves.

Helping to draw in the crowds are many well-known wood carvers: Marvin Elliott, Henry Murdo and Robert Coia, who have become household names and whose work can be found in prestigious locations around the world.

Robert Coia trained under Marvin Elliott – hence the reason why he is known to many as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice – and is now a hugely accomplished carver in his own right.

Robert has gone on to become the official sculptor for the Commonwealth Games and has pieces, including a life size African elephant, in parks and public spaces throughout Glasgow.

Joining Marvin Elliott, who is a well-known international name as a wood carver, will be Henry Murdo, a founding member of the Inspiration of Wood festival and a lifelong devotee to working with wood.

In fact, his experience of working with wood goes as far back as extracting felled timber from forests with horses.

Along with all of these well-known names will be many other distinguished and accomplished wood workers, and even some lesser-known names, who will all bring their craft, tools and skills to the festival to share with others.

From artworks to functional items, and from small pens to life-size carvings and decorative furniture, there is something for everyone to see and appreciate at the Inspiration of Wood festival.

As usual, visitors can expect an informative, relaxed and friendly welcome, and some inspiration at Corrie and Sannox Village Hall, between 10am and 4pm, on Saturday and Sunday December 4 and 5.

Carvers Marvin Elliott and Robert Coia with one of Robert’s large carvings.