Shropshire’s own chainsaw wood sculptor set to create masterpieces at annual Vintage Show

A Shropshire chainsaw sculptor will be entertaining the crowds at the 29th annual Shropshire Vintage Show in Shrewsbury this June.

The Shropshire Vintage Show is returning to the Greenhous West Mid Showground next month for its 29th year and the event promises to host more than ever before for families as well as vehicle enthusiasts.

The show, organised by the Mid Shropshire Vintage Club, is a two-day vintage vehicle extravaganza on June 4 from 9.30am to 5pm and June 5 from 9.30am to 4pm at the Greenhous West Mid Showground.

Exhibitors from all over the UK bring and beyond, bring their vehicles, including every type of classic car, motorbikes, Land Rovers, military vehicles, steam engines, tractors and more. There are also shire horses, the craft and trade stands, fairground rides, food, a bar and much more.

Joffrey Watson, aka 'the chainsaw bloke', is a chainsaw sculptor and will be one of the draws entertaining the crowds and making pieces available to buy.

Joffrey recently finished a carving of rock star Slash for stately home Weston Park and last year appeared on an episode of BBC One’s The Instant Gardener producing bespoke pieces for the garden makeover show.

He will be working at speed creating items like owls and chairs from sweet chestnut wood all available for sale.

Joffrey said: “At 17 I started as an apprentice tree surgeon and did this for many years. I come from an artistic background with my mother being a Royal Academy graduate, so I decided to see what I could do with a chainsaw!

“After starting with a small chair and a couple of wooden mushrooms, I tried carving things a little more elaborate like an owl.

“Luckily the demand grew and I was able to make chainsaw carving my profession. I might be asked to turn a tree stump in a garden into a sculpture or chair of someone's choice. I have done demonstrations at schools and events and often get asked to carve story-telling chairs for primary schools. I was absolutely delighted to be asked to give demonstrations at this year’s Shropshire Vintage Show.

“I like supporting community events and am looking forward to showcasing my skills and answering any questions from the public.”

Vintage Show Chairman Richard Haynes said: “Hundreds of vehicle enthusiasts come from all over the country to showcase every type of vintage vehicle. But over the last few years we have been increasing the attractions for families and having people like ‘the chainsaw bloke’ involved mean we can expand the show audience.

“We will also have quad bikes on an inflatable track, an Ashley’s Steam Powered Gallopers, The Pony Club, Shire Horses, Mr Hairy the Lifelike Talking Doll and much more!”

One of the aims of the event is to raise funds for local medical charities and since its formation it has raised more than £150,000 for charities including the Severn Hospice and Hope House.

Every year the event also stages an auction of vintage machinery and tools by H J Pugh & Sons and this will take place on Saturday, June 4 at 10.30am.

Advance tickets have been frozen at last year’s prices and can be bought in advance for £8, by visiting www.midshropshirevintageclub.com

Tickets can also be purchased on the gate and are priced at £10 for adults and entry is FREE for under 16s!

For more information, visit www.midshropshirevintageclub.com and follow the show on twitter at MSVCshow and on facebook at Shropshire Vintage Show.

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