Dartmoor willow artist Katherine Miles specialises in weaving willow animal sculptures for the home and garden. She works mainly to commission but also has a small studio in Ashburton selling unique sculptures. Katherine also runs willow animal weaving workshops at various venues throughout the year.
Katherine said: “Having woven a deer family and a large heron for Canonteign Falls in the last year or so, it was a pleasure to be asked by Kate Bayliss to weave a T-Rex to be put in the fern garden at the Falls. It is definitely the largest piece I have woven. Before that it was a 9ft giraffe and a 9ft unicorn for Dartington Estate.
“The T-Rex has come with some challenges. The frame was made by my partner Greg Abel, the blacksmith at Moretonhampstead. We had to transport the frame on top of my van and get it to Stone Lane Gardens, where I have a study to weave it. It would not have been practical to weave at Canonteign as I would have had to do it half way up a waterfall!
“It has also been quite challenging as it has two feet and a tail – it would have been much easier if it was on four legs! Saying that, it has been great fun and I am rather fond of him!!
“It was quite a challenge to transport him from Stone Lane Gardens to Canonteign Falls but the team from Canonteign and my partner Greg and photos and video from my daughter Amber made it all go very well! The T-rex will spend the rest of his life at Canonteign Falls in the beautiful fern garden.”
Situated within Dartmoor National Park in the heart of Devon’s Teign Valley, Canonteign Falls’ natural and man-made waterfalls tumble down ancient rock formations to meet the tranquil lakes below, offering some of the most spectacular waterfall and woodland scenery in Devon.
Home to England’s highest man-made waterfall, Canonteign Falls is a magnificent example of a Victorian folly set in a magical natural paradise. The waterfalls themselves descend for over 70 metres, making this one of the most breathtaking attractions in Devon and providing a wonderful day out for all the family.
Wildlife thrives in the peace and tranquillity that makes the Falls a haven for both adults and children alike. Mossy pathways lead you on three scenic walks catering for all ages and abilities, whilst the Victorian Fern Garden and Secret Garden are fascinating places to learn about history, geology, plant life and trees.
Visit www.canonteignfalls.co.uk to find out more about Canonteign Falls and check out www.artisan-willow.com to see more of Katherine Miles’ beautiful willow work.