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Carving is a real conker

YOU could be forgiven for looking twice when passing by 21, Avenue Road in Dorridge.

YOU could be forgiven for looking twice when passing by 21, Avenue Road in Dorridge.

Standing proud in the front garden of the detached property is a giant Viking chess piece. Not only that but the sculpture was created using a chainsaw.

Imelda Richardson has lived in the 1930’s house since 1997 and during that time her family had loved the magnificent horse chestnut tree there.

But it began to die and last year, accepting the inevitable, Imelda decided she would have it carved into a sculpture that everyone could enjoy and admire.

“At the end of that summer we had a family holiday in the Outer Hebrides. We were on the island of Uig and amongst the sand dunes I saw a sculpture of a Viking king. This was my first introduction to the Lewis Chessmen which were found here in 1831.”

Inspired, Imelda, who lives with husband Chris and children Carla,13 and Joe aged nine duly hired chainsaw sculptor Nansi Hemming who did the job.

 

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