10 December, 2021

Wooden deer comes to Linville

A DEER carved out of wood will grace the Linville Community Garden after first appearing at the recent Linville Heritage Festival.

Wooden deer comes to Linville - feature photo

The work was carried out by Caboolture chainsaw carver Luke Sheehan, following support from Ian Shipp and the team from Total Sawmilling and Timber.

Luke carved his artwork out of a stand of wood on day one of the festival, November 20, in time for the garden stage two reveal of the Linville Community Garden the following day.

The reveal of the deer on day two of the festival was on the same day that marked 111 years since the official opening of the Linville Railway Station.

Luke’s previous pieces of art included kangaroos, giant eagles and a full-sized motorcycle, in locations including child care centres, schools, parks and private homes.

Luke’s love and skill for chainsaw artistry came as his childhood involved seeing his father and Australian chainsaw artist Rod Sheehan in action.

Having begun carving with his father in 2010, the now 38-year-old Luke has performed at more than 100 events including shows, markets and festivals around the country.

Linville Progress Association marketing and planning officer Carolyn Barker said the deer was a distinctive figure as this type of animal was common in the region.

“The Linville Heritage Festival allows these events and activities to come under one strategic framework,” she said.


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