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In the Workshop – sanding my heart out

  There are no shortcuts with sanding – it just has to be done if I want a flawlessly smooth surface.  This bird sculpture will be polished, so if I’m not thorough I’ll be found out. As I work through the grades of abrasive I’m feeling the finish as much as seeing it, finger tips […]

On seeing your sculpture of an otter

  A wonderful thing happened to me the other day.  Some days are like that, out-of-the-blue loveliness which brings smiles and big happiness. It is otter related. A lady, Isobel Thrilling, sent me a poem she had written in response to seeing my Otter sculpture – I asked her if I could share it, as […]

Two Birds sculpture

    I’ve been working on the two birds sculpture Side by Side, finishing off their heads and smoothing their roundy bodies, so they’re ‘birthed’ proper now.          

Side by Side

  The stages of carving a sculpture are always good to record – I rather like looking back at progress and seeing just how far I’ve come – something to show for my aching hands! This is a sculpture of two birds together.  Initially I thought they might be a pair, each an individual carving, […]

Abundance in Red

  Already my geese have scrumped all the apples from the lower branches, and are very good as a team – one pulling at the leaves and twiggy ends, the other two jumping up to reach the apples. The riper the apples get, the easier this is for them, as a knock or nudge with […]

Direct Carving in Stone

  Direct carving, carving direct – ever since I picked up my first hammer and chisel I’ve been working stone in this way.  I didn’t know it had a name, or that at one time it was considered revolutionary.  I just took for granted it was the way sculpture came into being and was how […]

Bird with a long tail

  A little while ago  I showed you progress of Long-tailed bird on my workbench being carved – the finished sculpture sits next to me now looking out of the window at a rather blustery day. I’ve just been updating my website to include Long Tailed Bird, so you can see the final piece and […]

Pale Rain

  I’m in the workshop and can hear the pitter patter (pour) of rain on the corrugated roof, I love the sound. Outside in the foggy wet, a spider shelters on the last sweet-pea stem.    

Autumn Stone Carving Course

  Lastingham was filled with the sound of chiselling over the weekend from carvers on my Autumn Stone Carving Course. Some of those attending had a little experience of working with tools and had carved before, but for others it was a totally new experience.  Initially there was a little nervous hesitation, and then great […]

Hand Carved Lettering v machined

  Usually it is the mass produced, machine method and tooling that seeks to emulate the skill, beauty and craftsmanship of hand carved lettering in stone. Many methods are used, sandblasting, routing, and robots with special diamond tips rotating at super-fast speeds, but I’m not sure they quite replace me and my chisel just yet, […]