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Liz Mangles

Dappled Grey Rocking Horse

Liz trained for five years as a rocking horse maker, before moving to the more demanding field of fairground carving. She sculpts English lime wood with traditional tools to create her distinctive lively designs. A love of horses gives her work a feeling of vitality and movement.

In 1989 she carved 24 large horses for a restored 1884 steam galloper. Since then she has carved many other fairground animals including reindeer, cockerels, sheep, rabbits, dolphins, sea lions and hippocampi.  In 1998 she was featured on Channel 4's "Collector's Lot", making a camel for a stately home in Shropshire.

Other work includes mirror frames, bed headboards, wall plaques and newel posts, often using the luxurious flowers and foliage seen on fairground art.

She has created several story chairs for schools, involving the children at every level from choosing a theme, watching the chair being carved on site and even giving every child the chance to have a go with a chisel themselves - in a very controlled fashion!

Her work is currently focused on sheep. These are near life size ewe, ram and lamb footstools with Liz’s expressive lime wood faces and their bodies upholstered with luxurious British sheepskins. The latter work is done down on Portland in the sail loft where the sheep have been rubbing shoulders with the Olympic sailors.

Liz's work has featured in many exhibitions over the years and can now be seen permanently at the 303 Gallery at Yandles in Martock.

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