Sculpture

Turtle Dove Conservation – Exhibition

  Last year I went to a talk about the Turtle Dove Project in North Yorkshire and was really inspired by the work that was being done. At the time I really wanted to do something to help too, and began to make my surrounds a little more Turtle Dove friendly.  I have wondered if […]

An exhibition for bird lovers

    In the workshop I’m busily making new work for my first exhibition of 2019 at the Craft Centre and Design Gallery in Leeds – the show is called Tweet – aptly, as all the pieces on display are works inspired by the beauty of birds. The line-up includes a range of disciplines – […]

Breaking stone – in a good way!

  Mostly when I go to the quarry for a block of stone, there isn’t a piece just the size I’m looking for.  This means either I compromise and make smaller than originally intended, or I get a larger block and trim off when I get back to the workshop. My aim is usually to […]

The Nuthatch – a very endearing bird

  Last year was a bit of a Nuthatch year for me. During the Big Garden Birdwatch at the beginning of 2017, it was the Nuthatch I sketched.  Little did I know then that the pair at the feeders were to nest in my old Sycamore tree, and raise young, that year and last year […]

Inside Outside – Yorkshire Sculpture Park

  The Yorkshire Sculpture Park is always a place I enjoy exploring and spending time, but I haven’t been for ages.  Yesterday, in the glorious October sunshine, I made an impromptu brief visit.   The parkland looked magnificent, and so did the sculpture. Of course I was bound to be drawn to Sean Scully’s exhibition Inside […]

When I’m ready to riffel

  When I’m ready to riffel, I go to the riffler jar.  Here I keep these rather special little tools – they are narrow and elongated with a curved file surface at each end – used for filing. Riffling is a most enjoyable process (it is a lovely word too – I think comes from […]

Barn Owl Sculpture

  Over the last few months it has been busy with Barn Owls, I’ve seen them in flight quartering the fields and returning with food for youngsters, and more recently the new-fledged owlets making their first tentative explorations of the world beyond the nest box. Though these initial flights appear rather haphazard and ungainly, (suggesting […]

Carved Stones along the River Aire

  Earlier in the year I worked with Arup, (an independent firm of designers, engineers, architects, planners, consultants and technical specialists in the built environment), to create a memorial walk along the River Aire in Leeds. They had seen a stone I’d carved previously and thought that something similar, scaled up, would suit the project.  […]

York Minster Stone Carving Festival 2018

  I decided in the end on my original insect idea – a bee, just landed on a flower.  The first day saw plenty progress the shape roughly outlined, ready for day two detailing.   I thought things hadn’t gone too badly, but was reminded of the pace required when I looked round to see […]

A showcase of carving skills at York Minster

  The York Minster Stone Carving Festival 2018 is next weekend – 18th and 19th August.  I’ve been thinking for ages what I might carve during the two days.  The theme is ‘All Creatures Great and Small’,  and months ago I decided on an insect of some sort, but have changed my mind many times […]