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Swiss role for carved dragon

PUBLISHED: 09:48 18 April 2008 | UPDATED: 10:28 12 July 2010

Sculptor Ray Brooks with the dragon.

Sculptor Ray Brooks with the dragon.

It would not look out of place on the set of a science fiction movie.

But this 35ft long monstrous dragon, carved entirely from oak, is instead destined for an oriental-inspired garden on a mountainside in Switzerland.

It would not look out of place on the set of a science fiction movie.

But this 35ft long monstrous dragon, carved entirely from oak, is instead destined for an oriental-inspired garden on a mountainside in Switzerland.

Sculptor Ray Brooks has spent nearly four weeks painstakingly carving the three-tonne Chinese dragon in a field near Diss, ready for delivery to its new owner's Feng Shui garden.

Mr Brooks, 64, who lives near Eye, has been a sculptor for at least 15 years, working with lots of materials including stone, concrete, mosaic and steel.

His latest commission, which is a few days from completion, is valued at up to £7,000.

Mr Brooks said: “I was contacted by a garden designer who is working for a lady living halfway up a mountain in Switzerland, so it will be completely different to East Anglia.

“It's probably taken me up to four weeks and is very nearly finished.”

For the past nine years he has specialised in carving wood with chainsaws and has created a wealth of impressive sculptures, including a towering angel, a giant gnome, dragons, a 3ft owl and a huge hand made into a seat.

The sculptor, who has undertaken many community and school projects throughout East Anglia, uses many kinds of wood for his work, including cedar, chestnut and oak and obtains his supplies from a nearby sawmill.

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