Welcome , my name is Sally Wibrew (aka Sally May,) I am an artist and sculptor based in Norfolk. I originally trained as a 3D artist. I’ve now swapped my computer for a chainsaw and make hand carved wooden sculptures.
I’ve always loved creating things and being in the great outdoors so finding a way I can combine those two things seemed like a natural progression.
I studied Animation and Computer Visualisation at University, after completing an MA in Animation and Sound design I went on to work at Norwich University of the Arts. Teaching students in a range of creative disciplines from traditional life drawing to advanced 3D graphics.
After I was made redundant during the recession I decided it was time to try something new. Being a passionate rock climber I’d spent a fair bit of time around some friends who worked as Tree Surgeons so I thought I’d take a gamble and do my NPTC chainsaw ticket. I’ve never looked back!
I worked as a tree surgeon for about a year, refining my chainsaw technique before I bumped into my now good friend Luke Chapman at a show. He introduced me to the world of chainsaw carving which has proven to be a fantastic opportunity, as I am now able to combine my new found chainsaw skills with my art and design background.
So that’s where I am now, doing a bit of tree surgery and pushing myself to create ever more impressive chainsaw sculptures, constantly trying to push the boundaries of traditional chainsaw craft and create some truly unique works of art.
How to buy
If you have something specific in mind please don’t hesitate to email me and I will answer all your questions. Commissions are welcome, please contact me to discuss your requirements. A rough guide on a basic wildlife sculptures is £120 per foot. Highly detailed pieces that require a lot of paint work such as the peacock will be more. All major credit and debit cards now accepted.
I now have an Etsy shop where you can buy directly, quickly and easily: www.etsy.com/uk/shop/SallyMayTree
Or you can arrange an appointment to visit my carving yard in Carbrooke near Watton.
I also have items available in Norfolk at: The Jade Tree on Elm Hill, Norwich. www.thejadetree.co.uk
For an opportunity to come and watch me work and to see some of my sculpture “In the flesh” I will be attending the following events:
22nd 23rd April 2017. The East Anglian Game & Country Fair, Norfolk Showground www.ukgamefair.co.uk
6th May – 28th May 2017 (Weekends only.) Artists Open Houses, Brighton, www.aoh.org.uk
Sunday 11th June 2017. Euston Rural Pastimes Event, Euston Estate. www.eustonruralpastimes.org.uk
7th – 9th July 2017. Kent County Show, Kent Showground, www.kentshowground.co.uk
TBC. British Born and Bred (Exhibition only), Wymondham Arts Centre, www.wymondhamarts.org
TBC September. Belmont Woodfest & Country Fair, Throwley, Kent, www.belmont-house.org