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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 […]

Spring Bird

  Bird sculpture carved in marble with the most delicate colouring, perfectly reflecting the freshness of new spring blossoms. Spring Bird – Rosa Marble – 6″ x 1 1/2″ x 1 3/4″        

And as Spring begins – hatchlings

  Yesterday was such a beautiful sunny, warm day for Spring to begin.  And, as the green shoots begin to appear, buds unfurl, also hatchlings arrive.  The offspring of these two perhaps.  All peeping, fluffy and wobbly on their legs, huddling together for reassurance. Quail chicks sculpture carved in Yorkstone.    

Hare taking the spring air

  Hare carved in Yorkstone – 10″ x 6″ x 6″ I wanted this hare to be a little bolder (than Hare Hesitant), so gave this sculpture the appearance of a Hare raising its head, looking out, taking in the spring air. The Hare Looking Out sculpture is pictured here at my workshop, doing much […]

Whinbusks in bud

  I walked up onto the moor yesterday morning, there had been a hard frost overnight covering the ground dusty white.  Through the cold came the birdsong and the gleam of the rising sun and I felt the push of spring despite the chill. Once on the moor path along Lastingham Ridge, I’m aware of […]

Hare Hesitant

  ‘Mad as a March Hare’ they say….   March is right in the middle of the Hare’s breeding season, the males searching out the females, chasing and circling them.  If a male tries to get too close too soon, the female stands up on her hind feet and turns on him striking with her forepaws, […]