Sep 17 2013 by Mark Johnson, Formby Times
A FORMBYchainsaw sculptor is hoping to secure a new space to work after his current plot became unavailable.
Simon Archer, from Marina Road, called on the public to help find a space for him because he can’t work at the composting site by the bypass any more.
The dad-of-two, 44, said: “I need to find somewhere else to work as soon as possible and have been enquiring with local farms and land owners. But I have had no results as of yet.
“I have to drop and collect my two girls from school in Formby so I really need to be working as close to Formby as possible.
“Ideally, I need a corner of a barn – which would be perfect for me – or an outbuilding. Somewhere to put storage would also be great, but I have to be realistic about the situation and I understand that I might not get storage space.
“I love my job and it’s my dream job.
“If I don’t get a place to do my work then it would set me back so much.
“It takes a long time to establish yourself in this job, but if I have nowhere to work then I have a big problem.
“The reason why I have to go from the composting site is because they have changed their business plan and it’s no longer available.
“That’s why I need somewhere permanent to do my work.”
Simon carves with a variety of chainsaws and power tools to create sculptures and seating for private and public spaces.
He said: “I'm very passionate about the local landscape and I have an excellent working relationship with the National Trust at Formby.
“I'm currently working on a project with them celebrating Formby’s history of asparagus farming.
“My most recognised local sculpture is the wave adjacent to the beach car park at the squirrel reserve, which marks the predicted high-tide line for 2050 at the current rate of coastal erosion.”
He added: “I’m looking for a new venue to use as a studio and workspace.
“It would be a shame for it to all disappear.”
If you can help, contact Simon on 07888 843051.