New materials, New projects

4 June, 2008 – 8:23 am

Just recently I visited Dorset, not only for a bit of R&R, but also to source some more stone, obviously the home of the most famous Jurassic coastline and some gorgeous stone.

I did want to get some Purbeck limestone, also known as Purbeck Marble, because of its ability to take a very high polish, it was widely used as a decorative stone, but the polish doesn’t withstand weathering so its only ever used inside. But I couldn’t find a quarry!

I did however get just over a tonne of Portland limestone, the majority of it was reclaimed from a dismantled Victorian hospital, yes we can even recycle stone. And some shiny new pieces for letter cutting and bird baths. I’m like a kid in a sweet shop when I go to a quarry!!

Portland Limestone is very hard and dense so I can get a lot finer detail with it. I can’t wait to get carving, but I have my commissions to finish first!!

One of my latest carvings is about 18” high, she is a beautiful art nouveau lady dancing in the wind with a light fabric blowing around her.

This is the direction I would like to take my carving in, I think I have finally found my strength.

A lot of my previous carvings have accidently had an art nouveau tilt to them.

Long flowing hair and delicate features. My carvings are about a feeling. And I hope when you see some more of my work you will understand what I mean.


Anyway till next time Carrie


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