Martin the Wood Sculptor

After graduating from Merrist Wood College in 2002 as a qualified Tree Surgeon, Martin worked as a tree surgeon in England and New Zealand before discovering his passion and talent for wood sculpting.

Martin's travels to New Zealand have had a huge impact on his work. The ancient Maori culture and in particular the ethos surrounding the traditional Koru has inspired Martin's work with its message of life, new beginnings and regeneration.

Martin says, "The whole ethos behind my carvings is the Maori Koru which represents life, regeneration and new beginnings. I like to think I give the diseased or windblown tree a new life as a sculpture which hopefully will stand for another 200 years. From the start of my tree surgery career I have always collected interesting pieces of wood, hollow stems, burrs, roots etc which in my mind are sculptures in themselves."

Much of the wood Martin works with either comes from dead or diseased trees, some of these specimens give the most fantastic grains and shapes to work with and are all sourced locally in Norfolk.

About Me

I live in Wymondham with my wife Victoria, our little girl Airlie and our two dogs Bishy ( Welsh terrier), and Barney (the big hairy cross-breed!). I am currently working as a tree surgeon and I spend my evenings and weekends working on my sculptures at my yard.

I like motor bikes, walking, snickers bars and travelling!

From Martin