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MEET Karen Beard, the master crafter whose job can definitely be described as cutting edge.

For chainsaw-wielding Karen works as a professional woodcarver for Outdoor Classrooms, a business based in the Calverley area of Leeds.

Picture Tony Johnson.

Picture Tony Johnson.

The firm produces everything from timber-framed buildings through to wooden signs, planters and benches that bring an added natural touch to outdoor settings at schools, visitor attractions and other venues.

One of Karen’s most recent projects has been the creation of a giant model of a dinosaur skeleton from oak and cedar wood for use as an eye-catching educational play resource for youngsters at High Straggleton caravan site near Whitby.

For further information about the company’s work and its range of products, visit the www.outdoorclassrooms.co.uk website.

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