‘Grits’ Vase

  This stone is known as ‘Grits’ – a short-form for Millstone Grit. Millstone Grit is the name given to any of a number of course-grained sandstones of Carboniferous age which occur in the British Isles.  The name comes from its use in earlier times as a source of millstones for use principally in watermills. […]

On this new morning

  Happy New Year   On this new morning, at the very beginning of this New Year, and new decade, I wish you Happy.          

Brume Bird

  Through the haar and murky short December days, this bird came.  The bird sculpture, with its long tail high in the air is carved in Swaledale Fossil Marble (the same stone as Fossily Bird). Quite a fascination working this dense stone, seeing all the structures within – the pre-historic remains embedded in the rock […]

Happy Christmas

    My very best wishes for a Happy Christmas     from me here at my festive feeling workshop. Jennifer xx      

Festival of Winter

  Though it doesn’t seem very winter-like, weatherwise anyway, I’m feeling now quite in the mood to celebrate the Winter Festival season. After the shortest day, there’s a feeling that we’re pulling away from the darker months, but of course it takes some time before we can notice a difference.  For me, it is certainly […]

Marble Vases in Festive mood

  There’s a very soft scent of pine resin lingering on my hands from selecting a few festive fronds from the garden – heavenly!  For me these natural little touches of seasonal green and berries bring huge cheer and a warm Christmassy feel. Shown here in timelessly elegant and luxurious marble vases. View The British […]

In the Workshop today – Birds wait

  Birds wait in the winter landscape for me to finish their birdbath, and fill it with water.   Here’s one of them on a fence post at the workshop, watching the sun rise as I chisel away inside. They waited patiently for their water until I delivered the birdbath to its new home and we […]

An outing for me and my Camera

  Sometimes little strokes of goodness happen. I read a post by Simply By Arrangement saying that she was unable to attend a course day she had booked with Sarah Mason Photography, and would anyone be interested in going in her place.  I replied, to say yes, I’d love to. So, very spontaneously, last Saturday […]

I met an owl in the lane

  It surprised us both I think! At the start of darkness, the night just beginning, out of the flickering dusk an owl takes flight, stares at the tussocks and glides up over the hedge and is only yards from me in the lane. It zig-zags away, startled. The Barn Owl reappears a field away, […]

Carving Yorkshire Dialect Words

  Actually it is a house name – but the word has its origin in Old Norse.  I’m carving Old Hall Laithe, for Kilnsey Park Estate. The word Laithe means ‘a dwelling with other farm buildings, including a barn, as a single structural unit, with separate entrances for human and livestock areas’ – or has […]