Members of Bentley Wildlife Carvers
Phil Palmer. My carving career started when I joined Bentley’s Thursday night group at Ringmer back in 2014 Sadly I had to leave the group for a few years due to work commitments. Happily, since retiring 3 years ago I’ve been able to re-join the group and have enjoyed rediscovering this most rewarding pastime. I have taken on the task of being "Lead Member" of the group.
Geoff Weald As a founder member of BWC I have worked with all our members past and present and believe we have one of the strongest wildlife carving groups in the country. We encourage those we meet who want to find time for a very satisfying and cost effective craft. I have worked design and build companies through my working career and understand that you only prosper by sharing your strengths and achieving high standards. I am so pleased that my fellow members work so well together and welcome anyone into our group. Unfortunately, because of health reasons, I am unable to do much carving these days.
Steve Preston (SKIPY) I joined Bentley Wildlife Carvers soon after taking up carving in 1996
and have enjoyed every minute of my time with the club. From that time I was self-employed as a carver and have done many private commissions and run carving classes. Click on my picture for more details about me.
Ivan Morgan After my early retirement (from an office job) I started making interesting wooden creations from scraps of wood found in skips or on the beach but after joining Bentley Wildlife Carvers in 2002 I started carving birds and animals as well. I also make small wooden automata as shown in the photo here I have a website where you can see photos of more of them www.positivelycreative.co.uk or click on my picture for more information about me.
Peter Warren I retired in 2011 at age 65 after 48 years in plastics. I have been carving since the early 70's and joined Bentley Wildlife Carvers in 2006 after moving to Selsey in West Sussex. I also carve with several other local groups. Click on my photo to see some of my carvings
Bill Smith Hi. I live near Eastbourne and I have been a member of Bentley Wildlife Carvers for many years. Having made sticks for some time, I wanted to try carving some dogs' heads. So when I saw their display at the Woodfair I had a word with some of the members and was invited along to the next meeting. The rest, as they say, is history!
Mike Funnell I live in Peacehaven and joined the group in 2009 after retiring. I have found it an excellent way of using my creativity and over the past few years I have made a large number of birds and other items. Click on my picture to see photgraphs of things I have carved.
Martin Robinson After retiring, my wife recommended that I should become more "crafty" and was delighted to find Bentley Wildlife Carvers. I am on a steep learning curve but with encouragement from the friendly and experienced members I am showing signs of improvement. I live in Hove.
Nige Watts I joined following a visit to the Bentley Woodfair. Having marvelled at the wonderful carvings of various birds I set myself a challenge to carve a bird myself. I have carved several birds already and will be putting photographs on this site shortly.
Tim Wright Having been introduced to the Bentley Woodcarvers at the Woodfair in 2013 I have joined the group and have been made to feel welcome. As a novice it is useful that there is a wealth of experience there to call upon within the group.
Pauline Clifford I started carving when I retired. I went to an Further Education course with Steve Preston. He introduced me to Geoff Weald at the Bentley Woodfair and I started going to Ringmer on a Thursday evening. Geoff was brilliant with his encouragement, I met lots of lovely people with a shared interest, and I have now been carving for fifteen years.
Jacky Holman A hiistory of why I started woodcarving.... my dad always made things out of wood in the shed and I loved pottering with him. My great grandfather had loads of tools because he worked in metalwork at Hampton Court. They came through the family and eventually I had his carving tools. There was an adult education class in Newhaven which I started and from then on I was hooked!
Rob Perrott I have been a member of Bentley Wildlife Carvers for many years, live in Worthing, and work at western Sussex hospitals as a carpenter/joiner in the Works Department. In my spare time I carve, pyrograph and paint birds. I have carved all sizes of birds from humming birds to a Golden Eagle - all life size.
Fred Marchant I have been retired for over 10 years and carving occasionally but since joining the group several years ago I carve regularly. I also tutor classes for blind folk at Viewcraft, taking over from Steve Preston who taught me the skills. I live in Dallington. Click on my picture to see photgraphs of my latest project