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The Yawning Kestrel

  This year Kestrels have again nested at my workshop – using the Barn Owl nest box.  About a month ago I had thought I heard the smallest chick sounds, and since they have got louder, and the stomping in the box more frequent.  In fact, these chicks have been the noisiest I have known […]

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 […]

Swifts over the meadow

  The swifts are hunting for insect food to take back to their growing young and I see them flying over the meadow and hear their screeching in the late evening. What extraordinary and special birds they are. This is a standing stone I’ve carved with a simple Swift in flight outline cut through the […]

Beautiful & Useful Fair

  Today I received the flyers for the Beautiful & Useful Craft Fair at Sussex Prairies where I’ll be showing my ‘beautiful and useful’ stone pieces on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 September 2021. The event partner is The English Garden magazine, so look out for details there as well (they’re running a ticket competition […]

Otter in Repose Sculpture

  Otter in Repose sculpture carved in Yorkstone. Just completing the finishing touches to my Otter sculpture.  When ready, it is going to live somewhere rather special …… The sculpture shows an otter curled up in a reclined pose, with the tail neatly wrapped around its body.  Though relaxed and resting, Otter is still alert […]

The Life of the Shrew

  I’m reading a lovely little book The Life of the Shrew by Peter Crowcroft.  He was in charge of the Mammal Room at the British Museum from 1956 and was a foundation member of the Mammal Society of the British Isles and observed and studied shrews for many years. I see and hear shrews […]

Oolitic Bird

  Ooli Bird for short.  This bird sculpture is carved in Ancaster Weatherbed Limestone, which is an oolitic limestone (hence the name) – a sedimentary rock formed from ooids (spherical grains) bound together with calcium carbonate.  But that is all rather technical. In any event, the stone’s formation is what gives rise to the wonderful […]

Short-eared Owl

  Short-eared Owl – carved in Yorkstone. They’re impressive owls when you catch a glimpse of one!  Short-eared Owls hunt during the day, so can be spotted occasionally here on the North York Moors flying low over the heather, on fence posts, or in the rough moorland grass.  It breeds here too, nesting on the […]

Grey Goose for Spring Made Makers

  I’m showing this new small sculpture, Grey Goose, at the Tutton & Young Made Makers online Spring event. Grey Goose is carved in Howley Park sandstone and measures a neat 6″ x 5″ x 6″. Made Makers is an online event –  the site goes live at 7 pm on Friday 9th April – […]

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 […]