Bull carving commissioned by farmer

Fred Murray, who farms near Wooler, has taken delivery of a custom-made Charolais bull made from oak, to celebrate his life in farming and his love for the breed of cattle.

Friday, 22nd June 2018, 11:50 am
Wooler farmer Fred Murray with a Charolais bull made from oak, and craftsman Tom Fiddes.

He commissioned the carving from Chatton craftsman Tom Fiddes and based it on the first Charolais bull he bought, Cordeman Ebenezer, at the Royal Show in 1971.

“This bull was a tremendous example of the breed – length, shape and quality,” he said.

It has taken Tom since February to complete his largest carving to date.

Tom, who is self-employed and manages Tom Fiddes Sculpture, said “This is the largest carving I have done so far and it has taken since February to complete, off and on and totaling about a month of work. We sourced 4.5 tonnes of green wood for the project and it now weighs 1.5 ton, after carving and drying.”

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Tom used a combination of chainsaws and axes, hatchets and chisels to carve the bull, which was worked on throughout the last few months on site at Fred’s home. He hopes to continue working on livestock carvings to add to his range of wood and stone carvings at his workshop in the Northumberland countryside.