Driftwood horses – Artist James Doran-Webb brings a whole new twist to the Chinese Year of the Horse...
Driftwood horses – Doran-Webb's parents had an antiques restoration company and it was there that the artist began to learn how to carve and whittle.
Driftwood horses – The artist showed entrepreneurial skills at an early age -- starting an antiques business and selling his wares at London's Portobello market in west London.
Driftwood horses – Schooled in Switzerland, Italy, France and the U.S., Doran-Webb's horizons were further widened when he traveled to The Philippines in 1989. He liked the country so much he stayed.
Driftwood horses – He set up a company to sell a range of wooden objects in the U.S. and Europe.
Driftwood horses – Doran-Webb sources the driftwood from a network of gatherers across the network of islands that make up The Philippines.
Driftwood horses – He plants a seedling for every kilo of driftwood he buys and had hoped to plant 80,000 trees over the next five years.
Driftwood horses – But the scheme was put on temporary hold as Doran-Webb tried to assist people affected by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013.
Driftwood horses – The unique gnarled nature of the wood Doran-Web uses is because it's exposed to years of exposure in the region's tropical climates and harsh frosts.
Driftwood horses – A small team of assistants work alongside Doran-Webb, helping him sort and clean the wood.
Driftwood horses – His sculptures can take up three to four months to create.
Driftwood horses – Each year Doran-Webb exhibits at the Chelsea Flower Show in London.
Driftwood horses – He describes his work as similar to putting together "a jigsaw."