Fareham exhibition for woodcarvers to show off their work

LIFELIKE Jess Jay from Fareham Wood carvers at Westbury Manor Museum. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (132806-3)
LIFELIKE Jess Jay from Fareham Wood carvers at Westbury Manor Museum. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (132806-3)

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WOODCARVERS have been displaying their work at an exhibition in Fareham.

The Westbury Manor Museum is playing host to the exhibition, which runs until Saturday.

The Fareham Woodcarvers hold an exhibition at the museum every year, to give the public a chance to see what they have been working on.

Jess Jay is a tutor and one of the organisers.

He said: ‘It’s to display the work that the students have done and to give them an opportunity for the public to be able to see what they are doing.

‘Hopefully it will interest the public into taking up woodcarving.

‘It’s peaceful and relaxing. You forget about time. You get engrossed in your hobby.’

And he said a lot of people visit the museum to have a look.

‘We get quite a large number of people coming in to look around,’ he said.

‘People look forward to the exhibition and enjoy it. We talk to people about carving and about the wood and answer questions.

‘There’s something for the kids to look at too. It makes for a nice display because it’s not dull.’

Sandra Barnes, 70, has been woodcarving for 13 years.

‘It’s very satisfying and relaxing,’ she said.

‘It’s a fun hobby. The more woodcarvers we can get the better. People say “I couldn’t do that” but you just have to join a class and you find you have a hidden talent.’

Peter Hurrell, tutor and exhibition organiser, said that woodcarving is a great activity to get involved in.

‘It keeps your mind active,’ he said. ‘You are being creative. It gets you out to meet new people so it’s good for the social side.’