Date stones appear on all types of buildings, on farms, humble dwellings, and major country houses. They can also be found on industrial, civic and ecclesiastical buildings, varying from a simple inscription carved into the lintel above a door, to elaborate plaques built into the wall or gable. Often, on domestic and agricultural buildings […]
Usually I use brass dials for the sundials I make, insetting them into the stone top, but recently I’ve been working on a rather special Wall Dial which has had all the detail carved into the stone. It was designed by Stephen Holehan and calculated for the exact location for the client, taking into […]
A straightforward stone, shaped by wind and weather, tides and time. Nature smoothed and touched by pink, by me. Handled. Held.
Sometimes when I’m unsure about how a carving will look, or indeed whether I can achieve the result I would like, I have little practice runs. In this case I’ve had a trial run carving a feather – I wanted it to look light, and floating – not a quill sort of feather, but […]
These little treasures of red pebbles and my other thoughts on red stone recently, have inspired me to carve a piece of red sandstone that I had in the workshop. It was a slim slither of quite course grained stone, with areas of differing textures and it somehow became a bird – Red Bird. […]
A beautiful stone sits solid and quiet in a thick cloud of tiny water droplets.
These tones come straight from a glowing summer sunset, or a fiery brick kiln. The presence of iron-oxide on the stone’s outer surface is responsible for this hot amber blush. The drama and excitement of it is perhaps heightened by the calm, palest creamy-white serpentine stone, which is the solid inner of this block. […]
Once I’ve carved my sculpture the surface can be ‘dressed’ to give textures and finishes, and there are many different surfaces I can create. Any finish given will alter the percieved colour of a stone, so I think about this when deciding. You can see the difference in the little samples above, they’re both […]
Most of us I think like to set off on little expeditions to seek out the new or adventure close to home. Walking explorations nearby are my favourites. I like to get the map out and plan a little route, usually there are features marked – old workings, a monument – I like to […]
As the chippings and shards fall away, ferns and plant life from another world scatter to the ground. I’m trying to concentrate on carving, on my sculpture, but the stone transports me to ancient woodlands, pre-historic lush terrain, club mosses, fiddleheads and fronds.