Bookends

27 November, 2020 – 10:16 am

I have a small selection of bookends available to buy from my shop at the moment. I have a pair that I have drawn ready to carve with a Greenman design and I hope to get them carved before Christmas.

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Carving a soldier

26 November, 2020 – 6:01 pm

I started carving the WWI soldier on the new war memorial for Mitcheldean and Abenhall yesterday, I made a short video of me starting to rough out around the outline of the shape.

Carving my soldier – YouTube 

I made excellent progress today and here are some photos including the photo of the 1st world war soldier that I am using as my model. The face will be George Hyett from Abenhall.

 

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Celebrating 15 years in business.

22 November, 2020 – 11:39 am
15 years ago I took the plunge and set up Cat’s Eye Carving, I left behind a regular income, paid holidays, sick pay and weekends off.
I have never worked harder in my life but the satisfaction I get from doing what I do is worth every hardship. My friends, family and in particular Ed have given me so much support over the years I couldn’t have got this far without them.
This year has been a struggle for so many reasons but I am coming out of this year stronger and I am looking forward to finishing my most important and largest commission, the new War memorial.
Thank you everyone for your continued support and custom, here’s to another 15 years.
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Some new Christmassy things

19 November, 2020 – 3:25 pm

It takes some time before the items I carve or create are ready to go on the shelf but here are the latest things for you to see.

The words that I carve are designed directly onto the stone so that it suits the space it is in but it is also based on my hand writing and the knowledge of calligraphy that I have gained over the years. I choose colours that I hope you like but if you want you can commission something and choose the colour that you like.

My candle caves are inspired by the ice age caves and you can just imagine sitting around a campfire creating, my next ones I am going to do some carve paintings inside.

At this time of year I love creating candle holders in all forms, some simple but carefully selected stone with a hole cut into it and some with some carving. The Forest of Dean sandstone I use comes from Blakeney and this is red, Birchhill quarry which has beautiful greens and browns and Barnhill Quarry which is a lilac or grey colour.

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Go away, don’t go away.

18 November, 2020 – 4:37 pm

I can finally turn my attention to the sculpture that I designed and started back in March. It was a visual feeling from that moment in time.

I don’t think that I can part with the sculpture but due to a commission being cancelled I have the perfect piece of stone and it’s bigger so this will make it easier to carve some of the smaller detail.

I obviously have quite alot on at the moment but I like to have a sculpture that I can work on over a long period of time. I’ll post more pictures as I get started but here is the original drawing and the progress that I have made so far.

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