Tetbury limestone carving of a brown bear.

22 February, 2017 – 12:35 pm

I am excited to show you the final set of photos of my commission to carve a bear eating a fish.

The initial plan was to have him in the garden with rocks and plants to make it look like he was in water but my customers love him too much and he will be living indoors.

This makes me very happy as he will never weather and stay the same, except for a shiny head where he will be patted every morning.

This carving took me 9wks and is carved out of a very fossily limestone from my favourite quarry nr Tetbury in South Gloucestershire. This stone lends itself very well to the ruggedness of a wild creature and I look forward to the next commission.

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Sale time

12 February, 2017 – 8:01 am

I am offering 20% off a selection of my carvings and creations over £30.

This is a unique opportunity for you to receive a discount on some of my beautiful hand crafted creations, including my sterling silver and Welsh slate jewellery, hand carved stone sculptures, tea-light holders and bookends, The Green Man, Grotesques and a selection of hand carved words. In a variety of Forest of Dean Sandstone, Welsh slate, Tetbury, Portland & French limestone.
I don’t have sales very often so don’t miss out on this great offer.

This does not include commissions.

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Handcrafted Sterling silver an Welsh slate jewellery

30 January, 2017 – 8:04 pm

I have designed and hand crafted a new selection of pendants, rings and earrings using Welsh slate and sterling silver wire.

The two rings that I have made are created from a small piece of silver beaten to shape and soldered. I am still experimenting with these and how I can incorporate slate into the design.

The earrings are created using just one piece of silver that forms the shape, hooks can be made to any length and I have also been making some studs and clip-ons

The pendants are strung on a variety of leather and faux leather thongs, they have silver plated findings attached to the ends. These can be cut to any length that you require with a variety of magnets and clasps to attach or with a sliding knot.

All my jewellery is designed and made by me. Each piece is carefully constructed and therefore unique making your purchase one of a kind.

I am very happy to design something to your specification or if you have a pretty piece of stone I am happy to drill it for a pendant (if it’s not too hard)

 

 

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Half Term activities

26 January, 2017 – 7:09 pm

My workshop at Taurus Crafts nr Lydney in Gloucestershire is home to other craftsmen and women.

So if you fancy having a go at stonemasonry then pop in and see me on one of my days but if that isn’t your thing then try out one of the other fun activities.

Dates, prices, times and duration of activities are all different so check leaflet for details.

For my activities you can contact me but for the other ones please visit http://www.tauruscrafts.co.uk for details

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Commission to carve a Brown Bear

13 January, 2017 – 12:54 pm

Happy New Year, As you can see I am progressing well with this commission to carve a Brown Bear eating a fish.

I have drilled under his chin, that really took some doing as the stone is pretty hard but I am managing to dig out the stone to show off his belly full of Salmon.

I estimate another 10 days work which will be done between carving other commissions so the next batch of photos will be to the finish.

I have some house names and numbers to work on as well as some more sculptural commissions, carved out of Forest of Dean sandstone, Tetbury limestone and Portland limestone but there is always space for more commissions so if you have any project you would like to discuss please come in for a chat

I am also working on designs for a War memorial for a Church in The Forest of Dean, it will have some detailed carving of a first and second World War soldier carved in relief as well as a substantial amount of letter cutting and masonry. I will use Portland limestone and Forest of Dean Sandstone.

If you would like to see the designs please pop in and have a look, if I do get this commission it will be about 6mths work in 2018 and would be a huge honour to help commemorate those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
I don’t have it yet and the next stage is to provide a quote and finalise the design to present to the committee.

I look forward to welcoming you to my workshop.

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