Garden

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 […]

A Moment to Sit

  Recently I received a call from a customer asking if I could make a stone bench to match the ones they already had.  It turns out that I made this circular table and curved benches for them some twenty years ago and over that time they’ve been greatly enjoyed for gatherings, outdoor meals, sitting […]

Shrubbery Bird

  Birds love shrubs.  Here there’s a rather tangly, unmanaged shrub area, but it is always full of birds and insects who seem very happy with my casual gardening style. The woody shrubs and climbers provide food for wildlife, including berries, fruits, seeds, nuts, leaves, and nectar-rich flowers.  The shrubbery also provides shelter and breeding […]

Peep Egg

  A Peep Egg vase for Easter. I made this vase based on the design of a Victorian optical instrument, which was affectionately known as a Peep Egg.  This personal viewer allowed one person to view a still image through a glass lens in the top.  More complex versions were equipped with many openings and […]

Big Garden Birdwatch 2021

  I’ve been watching the birds all weekend, but actually timed myself for an hour this morning as part of the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch, after the snow flurry finished, and the sun came out. One of my aims this year was to carve the first bird I saw – spend the day, once the […]

Snowdrops carved in stone

  I’m working on Snowdrops, carving them into riven slate – I’m excited that my chisel leaves pale marks, helping to give the impression of white flowers. It seems a marvel that they manage to push their delicate heads above ground in snow, frost, and flood, but they’re especially well adapted to life in the […]

Little Bird with ivy

  I’m quite a fan of ivy, I know not everyone’s favourite, but there are so many benefits to wildlife in having thick clumps of it, as ground-cover or clambering its way up walls, buildings or trees, that I allow it pretty much free ramble. The ivy in the garden is providing wonderful, and essential […]

Glim Holder in pollen hues

  October arrives and I’m really noticing the darker nights and mornings, certainly a freshness in the wind, and the leaves are turning. Without thinking really I’m making little changes too, and the other day bought some candles to add some cozy and because I can’t resist the mesmerizing calming light.  The candles are slim […]

I believe in birds

  Along the honeysuckled lane, I ran to where the little bird pairing began, and there I understood at last why I had come so far, so fast. On every branch of every tree a fledgling perched, ready to fly for me.   I’m still watching my birds closely, especially the young taking their first […]

Garden Birds

  All the to-ings and fro-ings, flitterings, flutterings, and fledglings of garden birds has been something to behold. I’m trying not to anthropomorphize as I watch the stories of these bird families unfold.  Nature is urgent and intense, survival urgent, and reproduction urgent. The strength and vigour of these cycles are captivating and potent.  I […]