UK-based artist Tach Pollard transforms gnarled tree roots into fantastical creatures inspired by European folklore. Every one of the sculptures often has quite a skeletal structure and lends itself well to his creatures’ long limbs.
“Hawthorn is a mystical tree with much folklore attached, such as stories about how Merlin the magician was eternally trapped in a hawthorn tree, explains Pollard. “For me it is a great honor to carve this gnarly wood. I love the whiteness of its color, and the way it splits, cracks, shifts, and moves when burnishing a carved piece.”
Many of his works are inspired by the form of the root itself, which often has quite a skeletal structure, and lends itself well to his creatures’ long limbs.
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