Artist turns washed up driftwood into art

Artist Tom Newstead seen with his boat and new artwork made from driftwood at Seaton Sluice Harbour.
Artist Tom Newstead seen with his boat and new artwork made from driftwood at Seaton Sluice Harbour.
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A NORTHUMBERLAND artist has further developed a wooden coble he turned into a piece of art with washed up driftwood.

Tom Newstead transformed the former fishing boat, and last year the News Post Leader reported how it was restored to its former glory.

But now a Viking goddess has been installed on to the masterpiece which sits on the harbour at Seaton Sluice, after months of carving and sculpturing driftwood that was washed up in the area.

Tom said: “It represents the history of the area and has attracted a few visitors to have a look.

“We are hoping to be able to have it on permanent display somewhere in the local area.

“It’s something that is unique to the north east, and the Vikings influenced the culture of Northumberland.”

The Norse goddess Valkyrie is life size and sits at the back of the coble, as if guiding the boat.

Tom added: “It’s a piece of art and I think people appreciate that.

“The whole thing has taken two and a half years to complete, and I am very proud of it.”

Tom rescued the 1967 boat in 2011 when it was close to sinking, and with permission of the owner restored it to its former glory.

The 66-year-old has a work shop in Seaton Sluice where he carries out his work, and the boat can be seen on display behind the Melton Constable pub near the harbour.

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