Both locals and tourists are drawn to an amazing exhibit of wood sculptures in the center of the Swansea Valley. These exquisite sculptures, which depict local creatures including owls, hares, otters, and even a few acorns, bring to life the beauty of nature and are nestled along the charming canal route at Coed Gwilym Park in Clydach. The creator of these works of art is still unknown, yet his creativity is simply astounding.
Given that the artist is completely self-taught, these carvings are even more amazing. The mastermind behind these amazing wooden creations, Garry Turler, described his path thus: “I became weary from working in factories for the majority of my life and chose to follow my passion for wood carving. I began as a pastime in my spare time, but three and a half years ago I decided to commit to this art form full-time. It’s incredible how much my work has been appreciated. I enjoy it when people walk by, pause, and remark on the carvings. It is genuinely endearing.
Currently running his studio at the top of the upper Swansea Valley in the magnificent Brecon Beacons National Park is Garry, the founder of Wildboar Carvings. With a focus on hand carving, chainsaw art, and wood sculpture, he has received several jobs around the area thanks to his artistic abilities. The Swansea Council awarded him a noteworthy project that exemplifies his craftsmanship.
Garry gave the village of Cwmtwrch an amazing wooden sculpture in 2019. Situated atop an exquisitely engraved “Cwmtwrch” sign, the sculpture showcased a stately wooden boar, symbolizing the village’s name, which translates to “valley of the wild boar.” It was a labor of love and a way for Garry and his family to show their affection for their community.
Sadly, the sculpture of a boar was stolen and defaced. It remains missing despite a request for information and an alluring prize. “It’s unfortunate, but I hope people will continue to appreciate the work I’m doing now,” Garry said, expressing his sadness. With the right conditions, I hope to finish my most recent projects this week.
As we eagerly await the reveal of Garry’s upcoming carvings, let us appreciate the exquisite fusion of nature and skill that results in these amazing wooden sculptures. They bear witness to the incredible skill and commitment of an artist who has created an enchanting gallery for everyone to enjoy in the Swansea Valley.