Hand carved stone words

14 October, 2019 – 9:52 am

All the carving is done by hand using a variety of chisels depending on the hardness of the stone that I carve.

I draw them on the stone to suit the shape, and meaning of the word, they are all unique and while I may use the same word again and again there are no two alike. Each one is finished with either; 23 & 3/4 carat gold leaf which is laid over two coats of paint, painted with a diverse range of paint or left unpainted as sometimes it looks lovely without.

They are sanded if necessary but sometimes I will carve on an un-sawn surface this is trickier but adds a different feeling to the finished product.

As you can see not all my pieces of stone are sawn, I visit the quarries and choose and buy pieces fresh off the face to carve beautiful unique gifts for you.
These pieces are all available to buy at the moment but once they sell although I can carve the word again, it won’t be exactly the same.

I can carve these to order (commission waiting list is roughly 6-8mths) but I will be working on new pieces available to buy from my studio/shop at Taurus Crafts


New jewellery

10 October, 2019 – 12:40 pm

I have been making and carving new things to sell in my shop, here is the first set of photos of some new jewellery that I have designed and made using Welsh slate, Mother of Pearl, freshwater pearls and sterling silver.

These are photos of some of them, if you would like to see more examples then head over to my gallery.
(please scroll down to the bottom of the page)

I can make earrings and pendants to order or you can choose from my collection that I have on display and for sale in my studio.


Fundraising for the war memorial

8 October, 2019 – 12:04 pm

Fund raising night at the Mitcheldean Community centre to help raise money for the new War memorial. Tickets are £12.50 each from the parish clerk; clerk@mitcheldeancouncil.org.uk or 01594 544723.


I have carved one of the raffle prizes, the Gloster’s Back badge, out of a piece of Mitcheldean sandstone. Tickets are £1 each.


Stone and raffle prize for the War Memorial.

20 September, 2019 – 8:49 am

After a successful trip to the quarry, I have chosen this piece.

As you can see from the first photo there were plenty of pieces to choose from but they needed to fit the right criteria.

8ft x 4ft to start off with, no visible flaws, interesting colours and of course good surfaces to carve into.

The second photo shows the surface that I will be carving the First World War names and soldier into, it has a uneven and slightly rough natural face and although this makes it more difficult to carve, to me, it symbolises the harshness of the First World War.

The next photo hopefully gives you some idea of the natural colour in the stone.

The third photo shows the other side, it was much more uneven and as the stone needed to be cut to the right thickness this was the side that was cut off.

This cut surface hopefully is a good representation for the Second World War, there are saw marks and scuffs where the stone has been cut to size and moved around. I hope that this symbolises the more mechanised and slightly more modern warfare of the Second World War. 

This last picture is a carving that I have done in a piece of Mitcheldean sandstone. I have tried to carve a good representation of the Royal Gloster’s Regimental Back Badge.

The badge is 5.5inches diameter and the piece of stone is 12 x 8.5 inches at it’s widest point.

We were unable to use the Wilderness Quarry in Mitcheldean as it was mothballed about 9 yrs ago. Thankfully I had a piece left from my stock that I bought years ago when I used to use to use this quarry. The piece of sandstone is quite coarse and very hard so getting precise detail was very difficult, I hope you like what I have done.

The raffle tickets are £1 each and will be available to buy from me at my studio. You can see the carving here until the 5th of October and then it will be winging it’s way to Mitcheldean.
There will be other prizes on offer, if you think you would like to donate a prize, please get in touch using the Clerk’s contact details below.

The draw will take place on the 19th October at the Curry and Blues fundraising event in Mitcheldean. Tickets for this are £12.50.
There will be a local brewery selling their beer, great food and music. For more details or to purchase a ticket please get in touch with the town clerk; clerk@mitcheldeancouncil.co.uk or call 01594 544723.


What’s new

19 September, 2019 – 9:22 am

Hi everyone, just a quick update.

I’ve been working on my commissions as well as getting on with some new pieces for sale in my shop, (please note that if you would like something special carved in time for Christmas you need to get orders in asap), and at
St Mary De Crypt in Gloucester  where I have some of my carved letters and words as well as some of my Welsh slate and Sterling silver jewellery. I also have created a piece copied from the angel they have above the Pulpit, it is a jesmonite cast and 25% of the sale of this Angel goes back to the Church.

I’ve just been to the quarry to check the stone for the War Memorial which I will be carving for the parish of Mitcheldean and Abenhall. The piece of stone looks amazing and will be arriving at my workshop in March. I have almost finished carving the raffle prize, a 5.5 inch diameter carving of the Gloster’s regiment back badge. Raffle tickets will cost £1 each and there will be lots of other prizes, the draw will take place at the Blues and Curry fundraiser on the 19th October. 

I am now in my second week of my charity swim, it is organised by Aspire, a charity that supports people paralysed by spinal cord injury. I hope to raise £500.
If you are able to make a donation I have a just giving page  or you can put whatever you can spare into the donation tin that I have at my studio. 

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