My shop

30 March, 2014 – 10:42 am

I have been busy carving and creating lots of lovely new gifts, sculptures, pendants and earrings.

As a result I don’t have time to photograph everything so I thought I would give you a tour of my shop, my working area is behind all of this!

 

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Portrait of a Cat

23 March, 2014 – 2:54 pm

Sadly this beautiful tabbie cat Ozzy was put down last year, I was given the honour of carving him as a memorial doing what cat’s do-walking along a fence!!

From this picture, I made a template and applied it to the piece of Portland limestone.  430mm x 300mm x 100mm

This stone was a particularly hard piece and therefore I used my angle grinders to cut the outline and remove as much stone as possible.

By carving around the edge and creating an island, using a sinking square to square down and create the same shape at the surface of the stone, this is so I can remove the stone and shape the cat to create the perspective, the illusion that he is walking along the fence.

As this is a relief with a complicated perspective it can only be viewed from the front any other angle would make it look distorted and incorrect, much like the marble wall reliefs found in churches.

This commission took me 50hrs.

 

 

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Charm, a portrait of a Kestrel

27 February, 2014 – 8:10 pm

Here are some photos of my latest Bird of Prey commission. Charm, a beautiful Kestrel in flight and her portrait in profile.

The first thing was to get the right layout, from the photo I created templates to ensure I had the exact shape of the creature. The stone is Portland limestone and approximately 13×12 inches square and 4inches deep.

Once the position was approved-there were a few other ideas! I was able to start creating islands in the stone-the outline of both the bird in flight and her profile. This meant taking the stone down by 1.5 inches to leave me enough stone to carve the features and details.

As you can see I have removed enough stone to give the illusion of the feathers and now I start on the face.

Here is the finished carving, I hope you like it, I am glad to say that my customer was delighted and remarked that I had outdone myself this time. My aim is to carve the best I can and with each commission my eyes and skills develop and improve.

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Closure

11 February, 2014 – 9:21 am

My apologies people but I will be closed today 12th Feb due this appalling weather. I live 25 miles away from my workshop which is proving the challenge with all the flooded roads.

Although I managed to get a few hours in the afternoon yesterday my status is still closed, this is to avoid any disappointment. I was able to complete some commissions enough to bring home to apply the paint. I also have some designing to get on with.

I will be late in tomorrow 13th Feb as I am going to the quarry in Tetbury to collect the stone for the have a go sessions which commence on Saturday 15th, I will be at my workshop as soon possible after this.

 

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Gifts for you

9 February, 2014 – 4:34 pm

I have a lovely selection of new carvings and I am always creating more….

For just £7 each you could buy a carved letter or heart, why not put them together and create a special token for your loved one. I can carve dates on the cubes to commemorate a birth, Christening, Wedding or other notable date.

In this post I have photos of the carvings that I have especially designed for Valentines day.

I have carved and will be carving more words that can be hung on doors, words can be carved to order.

I have been designing and developing my selection of smaller gifts and carvings but I am still carving The Green man, faces and grotesques.

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