robert jakes

Robert Jakes studied Painting at Bath Academy of Art 1978-81, but started woodcarving after the big storms of the early 80’s in the South of England where he was surrounded by many fallen Oak trees!

He moved down to Stackpole near Pembroke in 1992 to create a sensory garden at the Stackpole Centre and has been working with people to create sculptures about the place they live. The resulting work can take the form of carved Oak Entrance Archways to Schools, benches, and sculptures.

Work with The Princes’ Trust and Local Youth Forums can be seen on Tenby South Beach ( beach marker posts showing aspects of beachlife) and on the Trafalgar Road Estate in Haverfordwest where we made big maps of the estate and related them to distances and directions to other places around the World. Schools projects at Stackpole (entrance archway depicting images relating to the local area), Manorbier (an archway where the images spell …in a secret code! and Orielton where we created a huge seagull (the school emblem) out of driftwood, and carved benches at the NT Gardens at Colby showing the local wildlife and the Pembroke Jubilee Bench adj. Pembroke Castle etc.)

Robert has worked further afield and has examples of his work in Europe and the USA , many projects are featured on his website at

He is involved in the local Community Arts Group ‘Sand Palace Arts’ and has worked on several local Lantern processions and sculpture trails.

He has recently worked on a storytelling area for Hakin Infants School and a Windvanes project on the sustrans cyclepath in the SirHowy Country Park near Risca using images from the children of 3 local schools to create designs in lasercut Stainless Steel.

He is currently working on a Heritage Trail in Pembroke Dock which involved all the schools in the area to design bronze plaques showing aspects of the town’s history that will be set in the pavement and form a trail to follow.

Inspirations; a ‘public’art in the environment, that can be enjoyed by all, working with a community to create imagery that ‘means’ something to them and enriches their environment by relating to the history, traditions, local wildlife and stories etc of a locality.

Inspired by Medieval woodcarvings that depict ‘everyday’ objects, African carving and the amazing carved and constructed buildings and Temples of India, Indonesia, New Zealand, etc.


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