Peter Leadbeater

Beautiful Wood Carvings

About Peter

As part of my degree prior to me becoming a bespoke wood sculptor, I was taught how to use a chainsaw; little did I know that this skill would take me up and down the country creating chainsaw sculptures for private clients, Michelin starred restaurants, schools and local authorities.

Chainsaw carving is a very versatile art form. From a standing tree trunk to a lump of timber or a planked board, all can be worked to make beautiful wooden sculptures for both indoor and outdoor use. My commissioned work over the last 20+ years has ranged from 8-metre-tall totem carvings to free standing items and collections, with water features and bespoke benches somewhere in between.

I hope you enjoy looking at my work and if you would like to contact me, please do call.

Why choose Peter Leadbeater?

Projects from 2011

Two carved book shaped frames for information display boards- commissioned for the Human Nature Garden

by Horsham in Bloom and Horsham Borough Council.

A series of sculptures for the ‘Stories from the Folly’ sculpture trail at East Carlton park- commissioned by Corby Borough Council

  • A 5 metre long sit-on dragon
  • 10 story telling plinths
  • A 3 metre tall carved doorway set in the parkland. Spring 2011
  • A series of sculptures for two playgrounds in Basildon – commissioned by Basildon Town Council
  • A sit-on sheep
  • A sit-on snail
  • A castle totem
  • A sculpted root seat
  • A carved tree door
  • 3 tree houses
  • Petanque seating project- commissioned by the University of Kent at Canterbury

A sweet chestnut leaf seat commissioned by Shorewood Country Park

Whale’s tail seat commissioned by private clients

Projects from 2010
Winter 2010

Outdoor class room. This project was designed and made with the help from members of the conservation society at the university of Kent at Canterbury commissioned by the University of Kent at Canterbury

Winter 2010

Sculptural flat bread holders commissioned by Pied a Terre

Autumn 2010

Sculpture of Simon of Cyrene Helping Jesus

Early autumn 2010

Carving of representations of super foods for the Human Nature Garden in Horsham – commissioned by Horsham in Bloom and Horsham Borough Council.

Late Summer 2010

2nd Stage of the East Carlton Park Folly – Commissioned by Corby Borough Council

Late summer 2010

East Carlton Park wood spirit 8-metre-tall carving, the design of which came out of some workshops with local children – commissioned by Corby Borough Council with funding from ‘Money for Youth’

Summer 2010

A series of large-scale sculptures for a sculpture trail in Campton Wood in Bedfordshire –

commissioned by Central Bedfordshire Council

Campton and Chicksands 6-metre tall heritage totem

Shefford 6-metre tall heritage totem

Squirrel bench

Campton monk

Campton deer

Summer 2010

A series of large-scale sculptures for a Sculpture trail in Campton wood in Bedfordshire –

commissioned by Central Bedfordshire Council.

Spring 2010

Stage 1 of the East Carlton Park Folly – commissioned by Corby Borough Council

Early Spring 2010

A series of 9 carved benches based on logos – commissioned by Phonex Housing Association

Projects from 2000-2009

Christmas 2009

A series of bread baskets – commissioned by Pied a Terre

Winter 2009

Cheese Board – Commissioned by Pied a Terre, 2-star Michelin restaurant, Charlotte Street, London

Summer 2009

Youth Culture – Commissioned by Meols Cop Youth Centre, Southport

Spring 2009

Memorial Sculpture – Commissioned by Medway Council

Spring 2006

‘Carmelite Friar’ – Commissioned by Maldon Town Council

Spring 2004

‘Leaves Standing’ – Commissioned by Ashford Borough Council

Spring 2003

‘Log Lizard’ – Commissioned by Cambridge City Council Parks Division*

Summer 2002

‘Tree Tumblers’ – Commissioned by Cambridge City Council Parks Division*

Spring 2002

‘Easter Rabbit’ – Commissioned by C.R.A.C.A and Cambridge City Centre Management*

Autumn 2001

‘Wizard Trees’ – Commissioned by private clients*

Spring 2001

‘Abstract’ – Commissioned by Cambridge City Council Works Department

Summer 2000

‘The Picnic’ – Commissioned by Cambridge City Council Parks Department** These sculptures were collaborative projects with the sculptor Tina Ashdown

Events, Exhibitions and Galleries
Chainsaw events

I have been demonstrating chainsaw carving at various shows and events throughout the UK since 2004.

Exhibitions and galleries

I have taken part in numerous solo and joint exhibitions since 1998, and supply work to various galleries in the South East. I have also had work featured on T.V. and in several national magazines over the last ten years.

Education and trainings

B.A. (Hons) Furniture Design & Craftsmanship from Buckinghamshire Chiltern University College 1995 – 1998 Holder of NPTC Chainsaw certificates CS30 and CS3.

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I can carve just about anywhere and much of my work is carried out at my clients’ location. This may include gardens, schools or public parks. Most of my work is done using chainsaws, angle grinders and power files.

Some Of My Work