My stone carving festival

6 June, 2018 – 1:59 pm

 

 

You’ll be pleased to hear that my festival organising is coming along very well, I have a dedicated website with all the regular updates and details about my participants, the sponsors, pop up shops and activities.

If you would like to get involved either as a stall holder, participant or sponsor then please get in touch

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More images from my Canterbury trip

19 May, 2018 – 11:00 am

I thought I had more photos and here they are. I have also been sent some photos of me drawing which I am very thankful for.

While I was down in Kent, I visited to Dover with my parents. I took the time to sit and draw the iconic landmark, the Dover Castle so here are a few sketches that I made while I was there.

My sketches are not meant to be works of outstanding art, they are a snippet and a reminder, I take photos of things that I would like to come back to. My sketches are a training tool for me to become a more accomplished artist and with every drawing my eyes become better trained to observe perspective and to understand what it is that I am looking at. I recently visited Tintern Abbey and didn’t take my camera at all, I started several sketches which I look forward to going back and continuing with my studies. I will put these in another post.

 

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Crafters Shop

14 May, 2018 – 11:00 am

I am joining a craft shop in Wotton under edge. I will have a selection of my smaller carvings available for sale and I will be spending time there once or twice a month.

I will be manning the shop on Tues 15th & 22nd from 1-4.30 and June 19th 9.30 – 4.30 

There are other makers selling their work through this shop from knitting and sewing to woodcraft and glass. Please follow this link to the dedicated facebook page.

As I will be at the shop you are very welcome to call in and discuss commissions with me but this does mean that my workshop will be closed at these times.

 

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Visit to Canterbury Cathedral

13 May, 2018 – 7:10 pm

I was very pleased to be invited to Canterbury Cathedral last month. I was one of 12 from the Worshipful Company of Masons as a thank you to the company for sponsoring a series of educational displays which will tour the local schools and help raise awareness and interest in this historic craft.  

We were escorted by Tony Long, head mason and Sam Royal, the Trust and Research manager. Once we were given the safety advice, out hi vis jacket and hard hat we were taken up to the top of the scaffolding via a lift, this was an exciting ride as a stonemason normally it’s ladders to the top.

The weather was extremely kind for our visit and the Sun was shining, the view from up here was breathtaking. I grew up not far from Canterbury and studied at Christ Church College-now part of the University, my student digs were visible from the top.

We were given a tour over the scaffolding and got to see the conservation work being undertaken by the current masons. I did plenty of sketching as I could get up close to the grotesques on the pinnacles. We had a trip inside and got up close to the vaulting in the nave thanks to a suspended floor. The Cathedral are currently cleaning the stonework up here thanks to some lottery funding but as a stonemason I see the structural work that needs to be done.

After some lunch we were given a tour around the ground floor of the Cathedral, through the cloisters, down into the crypt and all the way around, the Black Prince’s tomb has always been a firm favourite ever since the trips with my local Primary School many years ago. I used to spend many hours drawing in this magnificent building when I was studying at Christ Church College.

As I was spending time with my family I didn’t stay for evensong but I’m sure it was magical.

I carried out a 4 wk work experience placement with the Cantebury Cathedral masons after my degree so it was lovely to be back.

I thoroughly enjoyed my busman’s holiday and look forward to returning to Canterbury soon.

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Competition to have a go at stone carving.

27 February, 2018 – 11:18 am

Back in the Summer I ran a competition in collaboration with Gloucester’s Punchline magazine, Well just yesterday the lucky pair, Peter and Joan came to my workshop and claimed their prize.

They had an hour and a 4 inch square piece of stone each to try their hand at stone carving. It is Cotswold limestone from Veizeys Quarry in Tetbury and is also the stone I use for my school holiday activities and many of my stone carvings in my studio. I choose it not only for it’s carving qualities but also it’s lovely colour synonymous with the Cotswolds.

Joan carved a beautiful butterfly and Peter tried his hand at some letter cutting.

 

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