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A carved tribute to WWI Tommies

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: August 06, 2014

  • A side and front elevation of Bryn's latest carved walking stick handle

  • The photo that inspired Bryn to pay tribute to the British Tommy of the Great War, and a profile of the carving showing in detail the rifle and accompanying poppies

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THE Black Country's very own master carver Bryn Williams, a magician when it comes to fashioning a piece of wood or animal horn into an object of beauty or purpose, has been hard at work again creating his own personal tribute to British Tommies who fought in the Great War.

For a while he has been in possession of a photo-necklace that belonged to his grandmother, with a picture of his uncle Tommy Williams on one side and his dad Bert on the reverse, and recently he popped into Bugle House and told us: "It was during the house clearing of my grandmother's home that I came across the necklace which I'd never seen before. The photo of my uncle Tommy, who was considerably older that my dad, shows him dressed in a First World War uniform, and that of my dad in a uniform from the Second World War, and the picture of Tommy inspired the carving.

"I had a straight piece of holly wood and was determined to create something to mark the Great War centenary, and that's how soldier Tommy was born, a piece of Siam buffalo horn for the handle and fixed to the holly wood to add to my collection of walking sticks. I have engraved into the wood the name of Tommy, who survived the hostilities, and the names of Albert Kirton and Joseph Kirton, two second cousins who died."

Bryn has coloured most of the carving, but left a section in its natural state so it can breathe, an important consideration when dealing with animal horn.

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