Huddled Hares Sculpture

  Huddled Hares carved in Yorkstone are part of the collection being shown at Connect Art Fair by Norton Way Gallery.   Connect Art Fair, London’s Independent Art Fair is held at the Mall Galleries, London SW1 from 23 – 27 March 2022.   Norton Way Gallery can be found on Stand 9. Connect Art […]

Swaledale Fossil Stone

  Swaledale is a typical limestone Yorkshire dale, with its narrow valley bottom and steep glacier-formed vale sides.  The dale takes its name from the River Swale which passes through the valley Eastward and is said to be the fastest flowing river in England. This North Yorkshire dale has in turn given its name to […]

Gilbertine Hare

    The Magic of Medieval Carving   At the beginning of the chapter  – The Craftsmen and the Value of their Carvings from Ancient Misericords (in the priory church Great Malvern) there is a quote I rather like by Bernard Bosanquet. It comes from Three Lectures on Aesthetic and reads ‘Man’s mind possesses a […]

Barn Owl in Winter Light

  Recently days have been wintery, short, dark and grey – and then this morning the sun came up in golden style and put a glint on everything. Here my Barn Owl sculpture is bathed in that special winter light.  The Barn Owl sculpture is carved in Hazeldean Sandstone which is quarried near Alnwick, Northumberland […]

Upland Otter

  The course water takes from these little moorland pools can be followed as it flows, gathering pace with run-off from other ponds, until it reaches the many streams and rivers meandering through the valleys and dale bottoms of the North York Moors National Park. Along the banks of these becks and waterways, and often […]

A Grand Sculptural Leaf Birdbath

  A carved bird is perched on the stalk end of this grand leaf-shaped birdbath.  The natural curves, flow and undulations of a fallen leaf make an ideal shape to hold water for garden birds, creating a beautifully decorative as well as functional feature. Watching wildlife enjoy the garden is a great treat and this […]

Fauna – Art of the Wild

  The exhibition Fauna: Art of the Wild is now open at the Gallery by the Lakes and Cop Crag Bird here joined  my Hedgehog, Crake and Cherty Bird for this exceptional collection of wildlife inspired art. I’ve picked a couple of favourite pieces from the exhibition – do have a look at Bog Myrtle […]

October Hare

  My latest sculpture of a Hare carved in Yorkstone – the hare is in a sitting position, looking out across the grassland on this lovely sunny October day. Mostly when I see a Hare it is running.  Sometimes in the lane one runs ahead of me, looking for a familiar gate in the hedgerow […]

Sitting Fox sculpture

  At this time of year the Fox is growing a thick coat of fur in readiness for the months ahead and enjoys a sunlit spot before the chill of the evening.  They’re well-adapted, even for the harshest weather, and likely to sleep out on the open, tightly curled with their tails wrapped around them […]

Does stone type affect what I carve?

    Earlier this week I went to Dunhouse Quarry to select stone for a project I’m working on.  This is a new quarry for me, so the trip was filled with excitement.     I know the look of their sandstones but haven’t carved them before.  Bringing different, and new-to-me-stone back to the workshop […]