Chainsaw Artist Creates Bee Bench for Palace Garden

A champion chainsaw artist has unveiled a pair of nature-inspired carved benches from fallen trees at Blenheim Palace.

Wood sculptor Matthew Crabb created a bee bench and a flower bench for the Palace Gardens.

The bee bench, which was inspired by our estate’s wild honey bee populations, overlooks the lake, while the floral seat is located beside a tree on the Palace’s South Lawn.

Based in Somerset, Matthew works mainly on large scale wood sculptures. Each of the Blenheim benches took about 50 hours for him to complete.

“Every wooden sculpture that I create is part of a progression that inspires the next. I want to be impressed by the finished result as much as my clients are,” said Matthew.

“Each work of art is inspired by the particular properties and characteristics of the wood I am working with – therefore no two pieces are ever the same,” he added.

Last year Matthew also sculpted an oak tree bench within our ancient High Park woodland and it was this that prompted us to commission him to create the two new benches.

“Matthew’s work really is extraordinary and we’re absolutely delighted with these two new benches,” said our Head of Gardens, Hilary Wood.

“His attention to detail and ability to follow the natural lines and grain of the fallen trees to inspire the finished artwork makes each of the benches entirely unique.

“They’re also really comfortable and provide the perfect place to sit back and admire the stunning views across the estate,” she added.

Matt started the Matthew Crabb Sculpture Studioin 2006. In 2012 he won both the Sandringham Cup and the English Open Chainsaw Carving Championship.

In 2015 he was commissioned to create a large wooden skeleton for English multimedia street artist D*Face , which was exhibited in Spain.

The Oak Bench in High Park.

The making of the benches