Monday 24 October 2016

WATCH: Wood carver tells touching story of his work helping grieving widow

Cian Murray

Published 22/09/2016 | 13:01

“You get people’s stories and you get to play a small part in them,” said John Hayes, an esteemed wood sculptor speaking at The National Ploughing Championships in Screggan near Tullamore.

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Hayes works for Special Branch Carvings in Fenor, County Waterford and takes a special interest in the personal work he does for his clients.

While speaking to, he told us of his standout project.

“One of the smaller ones I have done for a lady [is the one I love most] . Her dad used to feed a robin in the backyard and the mother couldn’t look at the tree that he sat on. So they cut down the tree and the mother rang the daughter and said they have a tiny little piece of [the tree] left.

“She brought that down to me and it was only about six or seven inches long and I carved his hand with the robin in it and to be honest that’s probably my favourite piece cause of the story that goes with it.”

The Waterford man became a carver as a way to keep busy.

“I was a joiner by trade. Watching a little bit too Netflix and kind of fell into it by accident to get myself off the couch and then I done a couple of big pieces and people liked them.”

If the crowd at the exhibition at The Ploughing Championships is anything to go by, then people certainly do like them.

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