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Easter Bird

    Happy Easter   Grey Bird freshly hatched.   Wishing you a wonderful Easter weekend.     Grey Bird        

Tools in the sunshine

  I caught a glimpse of my tools in the sunshine.  They’re all me.  I watched them, so full of joy and happiness.  They wait for hands while I figure out what to do next. In a rush I reach out and grasp tight – thankful, so very thankful, I’m not isolated from them.   […]

A Dragonfly and some Updates

  I’ve been carving a dragonfly – an Emperor Dragonfly just landed, and resting on a pebble.  Here I’m working on getting the legs as thin as I dare  and putting some detail into the tail, which will overhang the stone it is sitting on. What an apt sculpture to be working on just now […]

Hailstorms, Sunshine and Birds

  Hailstones batter the workshop roof, the wind gusting them in swirls.  Moments later the sun shines.  It is the cycle of this morning. Between each stormy bout the birds appear and resume their activity, some brave the hail battering anyway to forage and feed. And sing. And court and pair. And flit and wag. […]

Barclays Bird sculpture

  This is Barclays Bird – a sculpture carved in Portland Limestone. The stone I used for carving Barclays Bird was from a large pallet load I purchased last year.   I learned that the stone was destined for the tip, or to be crushed, and I thought it really should be re-used or re-cycled […]

Mother Nature

  Though I don’t believe nature requires personification, a popular belief in the middle ages that it be represented as mother, focusing on the life-giving, nurturing aspects, today (on Mothering Sunday) I celebrate Mother Nature. And my own mother of course!    

Bursts of Spring

    The hedgerows are changing, hints of the first fresh green growth, buds just bursting with brave new leaf.  All around I’m noticing a difference – this morning is bright sunshine after an icy, frosty start and the celandines have already opened their glossy yellow petals. Honeysuckle leaves push forward at every junction of […]

In the Workshop today – Lapwing sculpture

  I can hear Lapwings calling as I carve.  A couple of weeks ago I saw a sole bird and rejoiced its return to my little area of the North York Moors – Lapwings nest in the fields above my workshop.  The wind was high, and the Lapwing was buffeted in the sky, and I […]

Bird Sculpture – a pair of Quails

  Quails are distinctive due to the combination of their stocky bodies and long, pointed wings.  Their upperparts are brown, streaked and barred with buff, while their underparts are a warm, buffy orange. In the UK they are a migrant bird and can be found in low-lying parts of northern England as a summer visitor.  […]

Watermark Gallery in Harrogate

    Yesterday I delivered a small collection of stone pieces to the Watermark Gallery in Harrogate, just in time for a celebration of their opening in the evening. It was a delight to meet owner Liz Hawkes and see her new gallery.  Liz is so knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the art and sculptural pieces […]