Garden

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 […]

Summer Begins

  What a day to fledge – as if in celebration of the summer solstice  – my Pied Wagtail chicks at the workshop flew the nest into a gloriously warm, sunny day.  Everywhere I turned there seemed to be a startled, calling, fresh-feathered fledgling. Though they are still demanding of their parents for food, I […]

A bird who likes roses

  The hedgerows at the moment are bursting with wild roses.  I think they’re Dog Rose – familiar for scrambling and climbing with five large pink or white petals, many stamens and a faint sweet smell.  One grew at the base of my Sycamore tree and now it reaches up into the branches and tumbles […]

Contemporary Bird Sculpture

    From what bird’s flawless design, I do not know, but oh – its simple, quiet elegance.       Inspiration from the natural world – Jaggy Tailed Bird  sculpture- Sandstone – 9″ x 4″ x 7″ Shop Jaggy Tailed Bird