Farmer Fred Murray who had a desire to celebrate his life in farming and his love for cattle is the proud owner of a life-sized oak Charolais bull.
Local craftsman Tom Fiddes of Tom Fiddes Sculpture, based in the UK was tasked with the challenge of creating the masterpiece which demonstrates the traits of the Charolais breed.
“We based the shape on the first Charolais bull I bought; Cordeman Ebenezer. Purchased at the Royal Show in 1971 from Robert Carnegie, from the Isle of Man, this bull was a tremendous example of the breed - length, shape and quality.” Fred told British Charolais Cattle Society.
Carving the Bull
“This is the largest carving I have done so far and it has taken since February to complete, off and on and totalling about a month of work. We sourced 4.5 tonnes of green wood for the project and it now weighs 1.5 ton, after carving and drying.” Tom Fiddes said.
Tom used a combination of chainsaws and axes, hatchets and chisels to carve the bull, which is now known as the “Beast from the East.” Work was conducted on the project over the past number of months at Fred’s home.
Image Source: Facebook page of British Charolais Cattle Society.