Hucknall church’s chainsaw carving

The Revd Jo Stephens with chainsaw artist Peter Leadbeater and the Bishop of Sherwood, the Rt Revd Tony Porter.
The Revd Jo Stephens with chainsaw artist Peter Leadbeater and the Bishop of Sherwood, the Rt Revd Tony Porter.
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A chainsaw artist has carved a sculpture representing the Holy Trinity from a tree in the grounds of St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Hucknall.

Peter Leadbeater took two days to complete the work, which stands next to the garden of remembrance.

Vicar Jo Stephens said: “We are delighted with the new sculpture that Peter has masterfully crafted for us.

“We now have a sculpture of the Holy Trinity quite literally rooted into our church grounds and available for everyone to come and see and reflect upon.

“We are sure this will be a focal point for our church family and the local community for years to come.

“People visit the garden to reflect and remember and we hope the sculpture will add to that experience.

“It has been designed to appeal to Christians and non-Christians alike.

“We spent a little time with Peter to decide on the form of the sculpture – it was important that it offered something to reflect upon as people enjoy the open space of our church grounds, or as they visit to remember a loved one.

“I am sure that all people will find the sculpture beautiful and reflective, whether they have a strong faith or little knowledge of Christianity.

“For us the orb at the top of the sculpture reflects God the Father, the creator of all things, without beginning or end.

“The person of Christ within the sculpture is purposefully simple so that people may reflect on their own image of Christ.

“The Holy Spirit is represented by a flying dove.”

The idea for the sculpture came about when the church had to fell 24 trees in its grounds for safety reasons.

An eight foot section of trunk was left in the ground for Peter to work on.

Initially there was no money to pay for the project but a donation from a member of the congregation made it possible.

Peter has travelled the country creating works of art with his chainsaw for restaurants, local authorities and schools.

He worked on the sculpture on Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th December.