Royal Norfolk Show 2017: Auction of unique wood carvings to raise money for charity

Arnie Barton hard at work on his Man of the Woods carving. Picture: Andrew Stone

Arnie Barton hard at work on his Man of the Woods carving. Picture: Andrew Stone - Credit: Archant

A group of wood carvers are on a race to meet a 2.30pm deadline to finish their unique sculptures before they are auctioned off on day two of the Royal Norfolk Show.

Located at the Forestry and Wood Village at the Norfolk Showground, the five wood carvers started on their projects at 9am on Wednesday and plan to finish in time for the auction today.

Half of the proceeds raised will go to the You Are Not Alone charity.

'These pieces would typically sell for over £1,000 each so the auction will be a good place to come along and get a bargain,' said wood carver Paul Kelly who was busy with his three bear bench carving. 'The five of us work independently of each other but we are good friends.'

The other four works include a Man of the Woods by Arnie Barton, a fox by Ben Loughrill, an owl bench by Cam Kelly and a castle seat by Shayne Whiting. All the carvings are made from oak and as they are quite large, delivery can be arranged. 'Our sculptures will also be judged shortly before the auction takes place and a winner announced,' said Mr Whiting.

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