A plumber has won a community art competition after creating a steampunk copper rocking chair.

Dave Birchmore, a plumber from Waltham Abbey, crafted two steampunk copper rocking chairs.

One chair was on display at Epping Forest District Museum, and the second, a smaller chair, could be found at Dave’s Barbers in Sun Street, Waltham Abbey.

His wife Rony, son Oliver and daughter Chloe joined him at Epping Forest District Museum where he collected his award.

Little Oliver was keen to remind everyone he had helped his Dad make the chair.

Dave studied Fine Art at Epping Forest College, but joined his father’s plumbing business and works

Also with him at the presentation was Kate Mitchell, Fine Art Lecturer at the college, who had been Dave’s teacher.

The art competition,Waltham Abbey’s Art Trail, held in August, was entered by almost 50 artists.

The artist with the second highest number of votes was Ray Harris whose paintings were displayed in three different locations.

The artist with the third highest number of votes was Billie Achilleos with her seven foot high bear made from Nintendo Wii products hosted at Henry Ward Property Solutions and “Owl” made from kitchen appliances and utensils hosted at The Gatehouse Café.

There was a Specially Commended winner in the Under 18 category in Rosie Moran, aged 11, with her two paintings.

A presentation evening was held at the museum which had hosted the winner’s work during the art trail.

The certificates and prizes were presented by Mayor of Waltham Abbey, Cllr Antony Watts, and organizer of the art trail, Tricia Gurnett.