Sprained ankle

16 April, 2015 – 10:37 am

I am very sorry but unfortunately I sprained my ankle and I am unable to walk or drive at the moment. This does mean that I will be off work for a few days. I hope to be back at the beginning of next week.

If you wish to discuss a commission I am happy to talk to you over the phone or alternatively please email me. Details are on my contact page


The Gloucester Stone Carving Festival

29 March, 2015 – 1:19 pm

Only 8wks to go, how exciting.

Everything is droping into place and if you would like all the information and updates as they happen please visit my dedicated website www.stonecarvingfestival.co.uk


Easter at Taurus Crafts

26 March, 2015 – 10:56 am

It’s going to be a busy time this Easter and with the promise of good weather there’s plenty to see and do.

My have a goes are running on selected days throughout the Easter holidays 30th March, 2nd, 7th, 8th and 9th April. If you are planning a visit on any of the other days please give me a ring and I may be able to fit you in!

My opening times will be altered as well, I will be open through to the 31st March, on the 1st April I have to pick up some stone from the quarry. I will be back in on the 2nd April, and then open through to Thursday 9th, closed Friday 10th and back in for Sat 11th and Sun 12th.


What have I been up to lately?

20 March, 2015 – 6:26 pm

I have been very busy organising the Gloucester Stone Carving festival as well as working on my commissions.

So in between the letter cutting I have been carving a raffle prize in the form of an Elephant. The theme for the festival is wild animals this year. Visit www.stonecarvingfestival.co.uk for more information.

I have been steadily working to finish the half life size sculpture titled ‘What’s the question?’ I have been struggling with her face as it wasn’t the expression that I wanted and until I could resolve this I couldn’t finish the carving. I had a breakthrough last week-only one chance to get it right otherwise the whole thing would have been ruined but I did it and I’m really happy with the result. She now stands on a piece of Portland limestone as her pedestal and I am able to work on her feet as you can see she has boots on! With the final detailing on the whole I hope to have her finished in the next week.

Today I travelled up to Droitwich, sadly the statue that I was asked to repair back in 2006 was vandalised again so I had to replace his fingers and thumb the tip of his Mitre and the Crozier top.

I made clay models and used these to give me the approximate size and shape, once I had made the pieces in my workshop I could go and attach them to St Richard. I really hope he doesn’t get damaged again.

Once the Elephant and What’s the question are finished I can make a proper start on the 1ton boulder of Forest of Dean Sandstone I have for my next commission-a sculpture for a 25th wedding anniversary present!






Do you want to be a stonemason?

9 March, 2015 – 12:15 pm

You will be pleased to hear that Bath College are running taster days at their masonry department, for more information follow this link;



If you are slightly further away then Weymouth College run course-it’s where I trained as part of my block release with Gloucester Cathedral



There is also The Worshipful Company of Masons in London



Way up in Scotland there is; http://www.stoneproject.org/elgin-stonemasonry-training-facility.html


And in York,  http://www.yorkcollege.ac.uk