Ian Freemantle is an award-winning Wood Sculptor and artist based in Stony Stratford. His art can be seen at festivals across the UK. He has art installations around the country, including Centre Parcs, Rushmere Country Park, and Green Man Festival.
Ian Freemantle’s inspiration comes from his lifelong love of nature and the natural surroundings he grew up in. Even as a boy he would spend every waking hour in the woods and rolling hills of the Surrey countryside. It was inevitable that he would progress into countryside management, to forestry and arboriculture eventually finding the urge to start sculpting in 2002.
Ian’s work has a style of its own with a vein of mystical realm running through it. Using the natural contours and the strength of the grain he brings individuality to each and every sculpture that he produces. Now residing in the historical coaching town of Stony Stratford, famous for its festivals of music, poetry and the arts, Ian has enjoyed the title and recognition of ‘the Bard’ of the town in 2010.
Over the past 10 years Ian has enjoyed working for many everyday folk, Local authorities, schools and nursery’s and several music festivals including an open invitation to the exclusive Weird and Wonderful Wood festival in Suffolk.
His clients include the Royal Sandringham Estate, Centre Parcs and Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters. Ian is also famous for the Giant Bardic chair at Rushmere Country Park.
Chris Stokes, Heritage Blacksmith
Visit our blacksmiths marquee, where we bring a unique insight into this fascinating and very traditional English craft. Stokes Blacksmiths are at all of our shows and the sound of the hammer against the anvil or the smell of the forge is very evocative. It is a long standing family business, now run by Chris Stokes, who has been a blacksmith himself for over thirty years.
From hooks & hanging basket brackets, flat pack fire pits & our mechanical spit roast to lighting & household items, there is much to see that a heritage blacksmith can put their hands to. You can even have a go! ‘Make a hook with us’ will be available again for 2023 shows, limited places will be run on all show days. It’s a very small taster of the beginner courses we run from our forges in Shropshire.
Textiles & Fabric Crafts
If you want to create something fast, jumbo knitting could be your answer. Rachel Johnson will be showing you how and selling you the knitting needles you need.
We also have the very traditional arts of spinning and weaving at Sandringham Craft and Wood Festival. See how sheeps’ wool is spun into the knitting wool we are so familiar with – often on a giant spinning wheel.