New Year treats.

4 January, 2022 – 12:47 pm

I have a wonderful selection of my own designs available to buy from my shop. Don’t worry if you live too far to visit though as I can post or arrange delivery.

My hand carved letters and words are very popular, I can design something unique for you or you can choose off my shelves. The letters start at £15 and are carved out of Welsh slate, Forest of Dean sandstone, Tetbury, Portland and Lepine limestone. Hope is carved out of Forest of Dean sandstone from Barnhill quarry and is £52. Meditation is carved out of Forest of Dean sandstone from Birchhill quarry and is £95.

Words of love come in all forms, Cariad (Barnhill Quarry) is £85 it is a Welsh term of endearment. Us (Birch Hill sandstone) is £25 and Shine (Blakeney sandstone )is £70.

I love designing and carving clocks these ones are hand carved out of Welsh and Cumbrian slate. the pink one is Cumbrian sandstone. I can make these to order, in most shapes and sizes and with different carvings on them and a multitude of colours. I can make these to be freestanding. Prices start at £65.

These clocks are casts of a stone clock that I carved. I have used a material called Jesmonite. I can then either add to the original or paint them as I like. As with all my clocks I can make them to order with whatever colour you like, I can make these to be freestanding. Prices start at £25.

These are some of my nature inspired creations and carvings. The Hare and the Calf are Jesmonite casts of my original clay models (£30 each). The Passion flower is carved out of Portland limestone ( £500), the flower panel (£125) and the Oak leaf with Acorns (£55) are both hand carved out of Tetbury limestone.

As with everything that I do there is time and patience involved. I design each piece to be unique sometimes the only drawing is the one that I do on the stone before I carve and others are meticulously planned. If you would like to discuss a commission or make a purchase, please get in touch via my contact page.

Happy New Year.

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Angel listening

29 December, 2021 – 10:13 am

I started a new carving in November, here is how far I have got.

carving in my studio.

I have been working on a proposal for a commission so I didn’t finish my angel but I have been working on the wings.

Shaping the outside of the stone to make the wings curved, I have drawn on the feathers and started to chop in the details.

I have some more letter cutting commissions to get done and then I can get back on with my Angel carving. She will be available to buy in my shop once I have finished her.

If I am successful at the first stage of this commission bid then I will be shortlisted along with 3 others and I will be commissioned to carve a scale model of my proposal. I will know either way by the 16th of Jan and will share my design with you after then.

I wish you all a Happy New Year.

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Christmas and beyond

20 December, 2021 – 1:10 pm

I will be open up to and on Christmas Eve so if there is anything you think you may need pop along and have a look.

Both Love carvings, Amore, the Oak leaf and the Acorns and Oak leaf carving have now sold.

Here are some images of what I have in my shop right now. I have been cutting more stone for my popular hand carved letters and I am also making great progress with my commissions.

My angel carving has taken a bit of a back seat for a while as I have been putting together a proposal for a commission, there is lots of competition so I won’t know until 16th Jan if I am shortlisted. As soon as I know either way I will put all my work on here so you can see what I have been doing.

My Angel, listening.

My shop is a safe haven if you like it quiet, I only allow 2 at a time from the same bubble, my windows are open to allow air through and I have a beautiful velvet rope to allow you to browse and shop without feeling crowded. There is no rush I only ask that you wear a mask and sanitise your hands on entry.

Thank you for your continued custom and support throughout this extraordinary time in our lives.

Happy Christmas, Carrie.

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Water Feature

24 November, 2021 – 10:27 am

I have sketchbooks full of designs that I will carve one day but I only have one pair of hands so you can imagine my delight when a customer chose one of my designs for their commission.

My own design.

They wanted a swirly seashell wave form that could be built into a wall and have water run over it, I drew this 10 years ago and it is part of my ongoing fascination with fluid waves and seashell shapes.

Obviously the stone needs to be shaped before I can start to chisel out the inside to create the bowl shape, I used my hand saw and roughed off a chamfer, top right, from here I could start to see the shape developing.

I regularly referred back to my drawing and invited my customer in to have a look and see if there were any changes that they wanted to make before I proceeded. Obviously there is a point of no return. If you look at the drawing and the bottom left image you can see that the right side of the shape is higher and slightly mirrors the left side.

At this point I was able to use my core drill to help me achieve the depth and swirly shapes more efficiently.

While carving this I have to consider how the water flows around the sculpture and so I carved spirals and hollows to hold the water and help to direct it…I will only know the result of this once my customer tests it out, so maybe next year now. In order to create lightness but also interest I have carved through the spiral underneath. The stone resonated with a ring as I was chiselling it in the same way crystal or a bell would so I knew there were no faults in the stone.

Finally I needed to rinse the stone and wait for my customer to decide where the hole will be drilled. They loved it and I am looking forward to revisiting my design. Obviously it will be completely different but with the fluidity and movement that I love to carve.

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New carvings in my shop.

20 November, 2021 – 11:06 am

I have been busy designing and carving lots of lovely new pieces available to buy off my shelves..

This is a piece of Birch hill sandstone that I have hand carved with tumbling acorns and oak leaves. It has a beautiful golden natural face down one side and the other 2 sides I ;have tooled with my bolster chisel. It costs £380 and measures 6 x 5 x 14 inches. It is suitable for inside or outside.

These two smaller carvings are; French limestone that I have carved and painted with Holly leaves and berries, it is £58 and measures 5 x 1.5 x 4 inches and Tetbury limestone on the right, hand carved with an Oak leaf and some Acorns, this measures; 4 x 1 x 4.75 inches and is £55.

The Green Man

I love designing and carving bookends, this pair is one of my more detailed and decorated. The Green man as a mythological creature represents nature and is a great source of inspiration for me. I have carved this pair with their eyes looking at each other. They are £450 for the pair and each one measures; 7 x 2 x 6 inches.

These two pairs of bookends have been carved in Forest of Dean sandstone from Birch hill quarry, the eyes pair are £70 and each one is 3 x 2 x 3 inches, the seashell inspired ones on the right are £125 and they measure 3.5 x 2 x 6 and 4 x 2 x 6 inches.

I have also been carving some more ornamental words, Calm is my particular favourite it is £125 and measures; 11 x 4 x5.5 inches. Noel is 5.25 x 2.5 x 1.75 inches and is £48. Meditation is £95 and measures 10.25 x 2.5 x 2 inches. Home is £60 and measures 4 x 6.75 x 3.75

I have hand carved them out of Forest of Dean sandstone from Birch hill quarry and painted them with colours that I think match the words.

I have drilled holes in some of them to make them into tealight holders.

Love is hand carved Portland limestone and is wide enough to put a tealight hole in but this can be done on request, this is 7 x 3.5 x 4 inches and is £52.

Love hand carved forest of Dean sandstone is 6 x 2 x 3.5 inches and is £52, Us, hand carved and painted Forest of Dean sandstone is; 3.5 x 1.5 x 2.5 and is £25.

Finally I have been busy carving lots of lovely letters for you, I was asked to carve some of my really small ones again so i have a full alphabet of those and plenty to choose from for my larger letters and characters.

The larger ones (on the left) are from £15 each and they are carved out of local sandstone, Welsh slate and limestone from Tetbury, Portland and France. They are roughly 2 inches +tall, the smaller ones (on the right) are all £8 each and they are carved out of Forest of Dean sandstone, they are roughly 0.75 inches tall.

I have also been busy working on commissions and this carving was picked up last week by a very happy customer so I can now share the image with you.

Freeminer.

This is a carving of a freeminer, you can see the brass of this in Newlands Church at the back of Coleford in the Forest of Dean. It is much more complicated as it has the crest with foliage and a helmet. This representation shows a Freeminer chopping at the rock face in a cave.

To become a Freeminer you must have been born within the Hundred of St Briavels, have worked in a mine for a year and a day and be over the age of 21. This gives you the rights to mine in the Forest of Dean and is still a tradition today.

I have carved him in Welsh slate as it is the perfect material to carve this type of fine detail and the rocky face.

If you would like to find out the cost please contact me.

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