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Chainsaw Trinity

16 January 2015

IT SEEMS an extraordinarily clumsy tool to use for sculpture, but Peter Leadbetter achieves remarkable things with his chainsaw - in this case, taking two days to carve the Holy Trinity from a tree.

The Team Vicar of Holy Trinity, Hucknall, in Southwell & Nottingham diocese, the Revd Joanna Stephens (centre), says that they are delighted with it, as was the Bishop of Sherwood, the Rt Revd Tony Porter (right), when he came to see it. "We now have a sculpture of the Holy Trinity quite literally rooted in our church grounds," she says, "and available for everyone to come and see and reflect upon. We are sure this will be a real focal point for our church family and local community for years to come."

Mr Leadbetter has travelled the country, creating works of art with his chainsaw for restaurants, local authorities, and schools, and the idea for a sculpture came when Holy Trinity had to fell 24 trees in its churchyard for safety reasons. An eight-foot section of trunk was left in the ground for Mr Leadbetter to work on.

At first, there was no money for it, but then a donation from a member of the congregation made it possible.

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