John Hayes represents Waterford at an international carving competition

Woodcarver John Hayes of Special Branch Carving has taken 4th place at a renowned competition in Canada.

The Waterford City native, based in Fenor, returned to the Chetwynd International Chainsaw Carving Competition in the district of British Columbia.

He was just one point off being placed at the event, for his latest creation, a viking in a long boat:

About John Hayes and Special Branch Carving

John creates bespoke, handcrafted wooden sculptures using a chainsaw.


His work can be seen at a number of landmark sites around Waterford, including on The Greenway, and at Ardmore for the pattern festival.

He's also undertaken a number of commercial projects including The Singing Hat at The Haven Hotel in Dunmore East, a Pirate Design at Jack White's pub in Wicklow, and a solid mahogany sculpture of a milk churner to commemorate 100 years of Glanbia.

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