Throughout the year the Heritage Centre puts on Demonstrations, see our events pages for details. Our regular demonstrations are Chainsaw Carving and Charcoal Burning.

Chainsaw Carving

The Dean Heritage Centre is home to the UK's only static chainsaw carving pitch. Visitors to the centre can often take in the breathtaking creations carved by our talented team of onsite chainsaw carvers. 

If you are feeling inspired, you can even commission your own piece of artwork at the same time!

Our Resident Carver: Clayton Ryder
Clayton Ryder took up chainsaw carving nine years ago after being made redundant from his job. Since then he has carved with some of the best carvers in the country and around the world. Clayton has also carved at all the top UK carving events, as well as on TV shows, including Flog It! 

Clayton's sculptures have been purchased by well-known people, including Bob Geldof, Roger Whittaker and Paul Martin, and he has carved everything, from 3in mice to 8m long dragons. For more information or to request a commission, please contact Clayton by telephone on 07900 286200 or call the centre on 01594 822170 to find out more information.

Charcoal Burning

The Charcoal Burner’s Camp is situated in the woodlands opposite the Centre and is where demonstrations of traditional turf and earth charcoal burning take place. 

The Charcoal Burner’s hut would have been used during these burns as a place of shelter and sleep for those doing the night shifts.

Check out our events page for more dates and times of the charcoal burn demonstrations.