Hand carved house signs and the Green man

17 September, 2017 – 1:32 pm

This week has been one of finishing some hand carved Welsh slate commissions and finishing/starting some new stone carvings.

As a traditionally trained stonemason with a background in sculpture through school and at University I have a unique set of skills which give me the creativity of my art and the discipline of my stonemasonry. The connection between these two 3D art forms becomes apparent when I design my sculptures. This Green man takes his roots from the Bacchus God, I have used Grapes, vines and the vine leaves to create this beautiful creature and the finished carving could be as I have designed him to be supported by corbels, as a door or fireplace lintel or built into a wall. I drew the design 3 years ago and sometimes this is how long one of my carvings takes to come to fruition. I am using Portland limestone which is perfect for this detailed carving. 

The Green man with berries is a carving I started a few years ago and I decided to finish him this week as a practice to the Bacchus Green man. 

In order to lift the stone I had to employ my engine crane and I kept this piece of equipment out for use with my woodpecker for roughing out but also in case I needed to move my piece of stone again. It is great to have plenty of benches so I can be working on more than one carving at a time.

As you may be aware I have a good list of commissions on the go at the moment, all of them are hand carved but they are not all house signs, in this set of pictures I also have a Silver Wedding Anniversary present. This is taken from a pendant in the form of a Love Spoon. Both these commissions are drawn out to the customers specifications. The font for Soneck House and the Sun motif is lifted from my customers business livery and I worked hard to get it exactly right, it is finished with Gold leaf and black paint and finally I oiled the slate to give it a beautiful depth of colour and enhance the Gold leaf.

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Lots of lovely new carvings for sale.

6 September, 2017 – 4:26 pm

I have been busy quarrying, drawing, designing, carving and gilding over the last 6wks. Mingled with children’s carving activities and I have also hand carved and completed a wide variety of hand carved commissions, including house signs, Hares and even a Blackbird, these photos can be found in my gallery. At the moment I am working to a 10wk waiting list for commissions so if you haven’t already commissioned your Christmas gifts then please get in touch soon.
I am currently designing and carving my Christmas selection and some lovely new designs to inspire you, so watch this space.

Here is a selection of my latest carvings available to buy in my shop.

Acorns and Oak leaves are found throughout the Forest of Dean so what better to carve in this beautiful Forest of Dean sandstone.

I carvedthis lovely girls face in a piece of stone that I rescued from the scrap pile at the Llanthony Secunda Priory and would have been part of a larger piece, originally on the brick stable block, it still has the original tooling on the back. Cotswold limestone, Minchinhampton or Painswick.

The plaited leaves are carved in Tetbury limestone, I have finished this carving with some simple flowers.

I love designing and carving fun words, here are my latest, carved in Forest of Dean sandstone and finished with 23 3/4 carat gold leaf. this finish does make them more expensive but ultimately lasts longer.

My clocks are carved in a variety of shapes and sizes depending on the pieces of random stone that I choose. I am currently waiting for a delivery of clock mechanisms to finish off some more that I have made.

I have been working from my drawings of a broken seashell and these are the photos of my latest carving.

All of these carvings can be carved to your specification; stone type, font style, and finish. You can choose from a wide selection of designs that I have already drawn in my extensive sketchbooks, the price depends on the size, stone type and finish but I am happy to design something to suit any budget. Larger pieces and multiple words do incur a design fee but this is to cover my time and cost obviously depends on how much time.

If you are planning a visit please check my opening times.

I look forward to hearing from you.

 

 

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What’s new?

25 August, 2017 – 7:51 am

Sorry it’s been a while since I last posted but I am having a busy time hand carving and completing sculpture and letter carving commissions.

I have put some new photos in my gallery of the Moon gazing Hare, the Blackbird, a seashell and a pair of Hares carved in relief for a Wedding present that I have recently completed.

At the moment I am painting and gilding some hand carved house signs and slate and sandstone clocks. 

My order book is filling up and I am currently taking orders for completion in November so if you have any ideas for hand carved Christmas presents please place your order as soon as possible. 

There is still no news regarding the War memorial proposal and I have asked them to give me a decision by October.

Well with all this hard work and the children’s activities that I have been running, I am rather tired so I will be closed from 4pm on Friday 25th through to Sunday 27th. I will re-open on Bank holiday Monday. 

I look forward to hearing from you.

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Exhibition

12 July, 2017 – 10:00 am

My sculpture is still on display at the George Cafe in Newnham. The exhibition closes this weekend and my stone carving will return to my studio next week.

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Open day at The Llanthony Secunda Priory

11 July, 2017 – 3:01 pm

I am happy to announce that the conservation work at The Llanthony Secunda Priory is coming along very well. If you fancy taking a closer look then you might want to come along to their open day on Sat 29th July from 10am-14.30pm.

There will be 4 guided walks throughout the day & tickets can be bought from from this site

I will be demonstrating stone carving alongside some of the stonemasons involved in the restoration work.

 

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