After studying Art at A level, Daniel accepted a place at the University of Hertfordshire where he studied for a BTEC diploma in art and design foundation studies (1998). During this time Daniel became interested in large scale wood carving and decided to train for the necessary chainsaw certificates.
He then studied at Loughborough University School of Art and Design, where Daniel proudly gained a first class BA honors degree in fine art sculpture (2001).
Daniel also spent three months studying sculpture at the highly prestigious Virginia Commonwealth University, USA, where he were fortunate enough to be personally tutored by Prof. Kendall Buster and Prof. Lester Van Winkle.
Since leaving university Daniel worked for six months as a stone carver producing commissioned sculpture in limestone and sandstone for Graeme Mitcheson Stone Carving.
Since 2003 Daniel has produced sculpture from his studio in Hertfordshire and now since 2015 from his studio in Mid Devon.
Daniel generally uses timber from trees that are deemed dead, damaged or dangerous, including those that are still standing. He mainly uses natural oil bases finishes on his carvings.
Although Daniel’s skills are broad, he’s instinctively drawn to wood and has specialised in large scale green wood carving and constructing. Daniel’s tool of choice is the chainsaw for most works yet many other tools are used, made and adapted for the job in hand.
Daniel has completed many commissions in a range of environments from Gardens to Schools, Zoo’s, Playgrounds, Sculpture trails, Nature reserves and London parks.
Daniel also likes to attend events, symposium and competitions globally, proudly winning his first Carving Competition in New Zealand in 2009. He then went on to beat 24 top international competitors to be placed 1st at the APF European Chainsaw Carving Championship in 2010.
Many other group events are important to Daniel as they inspire others and himself, keeping the art form fresh and progressive. Some also raise money for charity through percentages of the sale of the art. Sculptree for one has raised over £250,000 for the charity TreeAid during its 17 year history.