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White Birds Sculpture

  Three stone birds make up this sculpture – I suppose a triptych of sorts – which I’ve carved in Portland Limestone.  The bird shapes are similar, but each in a slightly different, but associated pose and designed to be appreciated together. The birds are part of Naturalithic my exhibition at Nunnington Hall which opens […]

Hot weather and hammer handles

  The spell of hot and dry weather has caused the handles on my stone carving hammers and mallets to become loose.  The wood dries out and shrinks just enough to cause the iron mallet head to slip and move about.  It doesn’t help with carving! It is something that happens over time with hammers […]

Maltese quarry message

  When I saw the M&G Garden, winner of Best Show Garden at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show it made me feel at home, all that stone and feeling as though I was at the quarry.  The designer, James Basson has created the dry, dusty, stony feel very well, with the planting looking to […]

High Moor Goat

    Goat sculpture carved in High Moor Sandstone.      

Constant calling of baby birds

  My Pied Wagtail parents are unflagging in their flitting and flapping after insects for their noisy brood.  I see them every few minutes returning to the nest with beak-fulls of flies, run-picking on the way.  As they approach the nest a loud, demanding chirping erupts, so without looking I know when next meal is […]

In the workshop – carving Long Tailed Bird

  Long Tailed Bird is in the finishing stages now – you’ll see the progress since I was rough shaping the sculpture the other day. Now concentrating on silky smooth finish and sharp feather detail.        

Open Studio weekends

      It is very busy here preparing for Open Studios – finishing sculptures and making plinths so my pieces look their best for when you visit. My ‘Open Studio’ venue is the Village Hall in Lastingham this year – it is right in the middle of the village, parking is easy right outside, […]

Elementum Journal

  In the workshop – shaping and sculpting words for Elementum. Elementum is a beautiful and special journal of nature and story.   You’ll remember my discovering it recently here.  The founder and editor Jay Armstrong invited me to write a short piece for the journal’s online Nature Journals. What a wholeheartedly joyous experience, working with […]

Heads or Tails

  In the workshop today I’m working both – putting detail into beak and bottom! I’m aiming to carve out the feather shapes in particular, a little on the wings, but especially on this bird’s rather elongated tail – the rump feathers are called rectrices.  The primary role of these feathers is to assist with […]

Spring Stone Carving Course

  Over the weekend I was busy running my Spring Stone Carving Course here in Lastingham, North Yorkshire. I could talk lots about my excitement in watching the sculptures emerge, and everyone becoming easy and confident with the chisels, about how creative, disciplined and hard-working they were – but instead I’m going to let the […]