Update

25 September, 2020 – 10:09 am

As you may know I fell over and broke my elbow almost 3 weeks ago, naturally I have to manage the pain and movement but you will be pleased to hear that I am well on the road to recovery and hope to get back in the pool to help with rebuilding the strength that I am losing in my arm in the next couple of weeks.

I am going to open up on Saturday afternoon (26th September) from 12 – 4 to see how I get on, I won’t be doing any carving for at least 3 more weeks but I have plenty of lovely carvings available to buy off the shelf and obviously if you would like to discuss a commission then we can do that too.

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closed for a few weeks.

12 September, 2020 – 10:19 am

Hi everyone, I am bitterly disappointed to tell you that I fell over last Monday and fractured the radial neck in my right elbow.

The healing time is 6wks but obviously I will have to take my time building up to full speed. My swimming and yoga will help but it will be at least another 3 wks before I can get back in the pool. 

I am not in a cast and once the pain has settled I am encouraged to stop wearing my sling and start moving it within reason of course. I don’t want to do too much and set myself back.

I have informed all my customers and thankfully most of them are able to wait. I was making great progress on the War Memorial and as they don’t want it until Spring I will be able to finish that in good time.

I have all this time to practise my left handed drawing and I was training myself to wield my hammer with my left hand.

I look forward to reporting good news very soon.

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Progress on the War memorial

6 September, 2020 – 5:03 pm

Sorry that it has been so long since my last update, I have been working very hard on the war memorial.

Here are a few photos from the last 4 weeks showing the developing carving and where I am as of today.

I still have some work to do on the drawing of the soldier before I can start the carving. His face will be George Hyett, I made a clay portrait from the photo of him so that I had a 3D model to work from.

There are also some more poppies to draw on and carve but I want to finish the rest of the carving first.

 

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War memorial carving

4 August, 2020 – 5:44 pm

I have had a busy few weeks.

The gantry crane was swapped over on 21st July and the stone was put upright on the 24th July, I spent 4 days drawing the names and words on the stone. On Tuesday 28th July April the Clerk from the Parish council came and checked what I had done and obviously that I had all the names right. I was able to put my first chisel strikes there and then and it was an emotional time as all our hard work was finally coming to fruition.

It’s been a week of carving and here is the progress so far. I am keen to get on while the weather is still good as I anticipate another 6-8wks on this side and then another 7wks to work on the side that will honour those from the 2nd World War.

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Lifting the stone

24 July, 2020 – 9:38 pm

Today was the day, the stone was lifted upright by a dedicated sculpture moving team. The stone weighs just over 3.5 tonnes so the 5t lifting equipment was just what was needed. With a bit of adjustment and re-positioning of the stone the lifting could commence.

Between Damon and Max the stone was lifted and stood up, once the gantry crane had been re-positioned for the last time I obviously had to have a go at lifting the 3.5t block off the ground before it was lowered into it’s resting place and levelled ready for me to start drawing the 1st World War details tomorrow (Saturday)

 

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