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 […]

York Minster Stone Carving Festival 2018

  I heard yesterday from the Stoneyard at York Minster that I have been allocated a place at the York Minster Stone Carving Festival 2018.  This will be a new experience for me as I haven’t carved at a Festival before, or for that matter, ever attended one. It is an international Stone Carving Festival, […]

Exhibition in Southwold

  One of my very first bird-watching trips was to RSPB Nature Reserve Minsmere in Suffolk.   Over the years I’ve visited many times and enjoyed extraordinary bird views and glimpses of bittern, bearded-tits, marsh harriers, otters – I saw my first ever kingfisher there, and loved the walks along the beach, coastal lagoons and […]

Pyramid Gallery, York

  This morning I delivered pieces to Pyramid Gallery in York for their Christmas Collection exhibition opening on 2nd December.  It is ages since I’ve been to York, and this little narrow cobbled road (called Stonegate, which I rather like!) looks gorgeous with all its cheery, characterful, brightly lit shops. There’s a tempting glimpse of […]

What a gathering of beautiful work

  An appreciative flow of visitors bought, talked and admired the work on display at Masham Town Hall for the Crafted by Hand exhibition last weekend. Towards the end of each day the sun, low in the sky, illuminated my stand through the upstairs Masham Town Hall windows and gave a golden glow to my […]

Crafted by Hand exhibition

  This weekend I’m exhibiting at Crafted by Hand in Masham for their two day Autumn show.  Today is busy with final fettling of new pieces, painting plinths and getting packed up for an early start tomorrow. Crafted by Hand   Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th November, 2017 Masham Town Hall 10 am – 4 […]

And the artwork was beautiful

  A family visited my stand at Art& show York at the weekend and one of the youngsters left a note in my Visitor Book about his experience of the show, which summarizes the event perfectly I think …. ‘and the artwork was beautiful’. It was such a busy weekend so I didn’t manage to […]

Tall-tailed Bird

  Here is my sculpture Tall-tailed Bird, carved in Cornish Soapstone – the one I was sanding the other day.  The sculpture is now finished and polished ready for my exhibition at the weekend. Art& York exhibition –  Friday 27,  Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 October, 2017 – I’m on Stand No. 83. Look forward […]

Autumn Sculpture Trail

  RHS Garden Harlow Carr looked magnificent yesterday when I delivered my pieces for the Autumn Sculpture Trail. There are around 40 sculptures placed around the garden and the RHS have published a Trail map so you can find them all.  My pieces are along the streamside, in a little cluster near one another – […]

In the workshop today – finishing touches

  I’ve been putting finishing touches to my Cuckoo sculpture so it will be ready for the Wildlife Sculpture exhibition at RHS Garden Harlow Carr in Harrogate which I’m setting up tomorrow. As can happen with carving, the likeness and look of a piece can change in an instant on removal of the smallest chip […]