Barney is born!


I had a tree… and now I have an owl, called Barney!

We had to cut down a tree at the front of our house and it was going to cost a fortune to get a stump grinder in to get rid of the stump, so I thought I should try a different approach and when I bumped into Jason, who was carving with a chainsaw in a lay-by near me, I thought yup that’s what I’m gonna do.

We pulled a picture of an owl off the internet, as we have owls that nest in the trees just down our drive, showed it to Jason and he whipped out about seven chainsaws and two hours later Barney was born!

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We think he is marvellous… Jason and Barney!

Simon X



  1. Julie dee March 27, 2017 at 6:07 pm -  Reply

    Jason is very talented. What an amazing owl!

  2. Patricia Macdougall March 27, 2017 at 9:00 pm -  Reply

    Wish Jason lived in Scotland as I have the same problem with a stump. …. Can he help? We also have owls nearby and your carving is superb.

  3. Tanya McMean March 27, 2017 at 10:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Simon, all I can say is wow I love your nature recycled Barney he is handsome and what a fantastic welcome to your home . I am sure your neighbours will be so jealous.
    Tanya x

  4. Tanya McMean March 27, 2017 at 10:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Simon, all I can say is “WOW” I love your nature re-cycling. Barney is handsome and a fantastic welcome to your home. I bet your neighbours are very jealous. Thank you for sharing. Tanya x

  5. Diane March 28, 2017 at 7:10 pm -  Reply

    I want one. Well done Simon

  6. Pam Segers March 28, 2017 at 7:28 pm -  Reply

    What an absolutely fantastic owl carving.

  7. Neishasmum March 28, 2017 at 7:47 pm -  Reply

    I love Barney, Simon. An annual wood carving contest is held in the village of Carrbridge in the Scottish Highlands each year and when you walk about the village you see some of the wood carvings. They are so clever to make something so detailed with a chainsaw ! Barney will be a feature for ever outside your house. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Jane Payne March 29, 2017 at 1:50 pm -  Reply

    I love it, great idea.X

  9. sue March 29, 2017 at 5:52 pm -  Reply

    He looks great , wonder what the real owls think of him

  10. Helen March 29, 2017 at 11:06 pm -  Reply

    WOW…..its brilliant..xx

  11. Jill Cope March 31, 2017 at 2:04 pm -  Reply

    How fab, I love Barney, Jason is obviously a very talented man. It’s a real talking point I guess.

  12. Christine snell April 1, 2017 at 6:41 pm -  Reply

    Wow that is amazing!!!! Love it the detail is fantastic! X

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