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In the Workshop today – all about Sandstone

  Birdlets carved in Sandstone – a row of birds going about their business, being busy, conversing, doing bird things.  I do love carving this stone, it somehow helps me get the expression in my sculpture that is me, that is about my experience of wildlife. My view is that there is nothing at all […]

A talk about my carving process

  The Middleton, Aislaby and Wrelton WI invited me to give a talk at their meeting last night.  We all met at the wonderful Middleton Village Hall – which is situated next to the Village Pond. It was so lovely to meet everyone and get to know the group.  I loved hearing the stories of […]

Cherty Bird sculpture

  My latest sculpture of a bird carved in Portland Limestone – I managed to get a couple of pictures of it between wintry showers and the bitter wind threatening to blow me over. Its pose, looking skyward, fitted the scene perfectly, as if it was directing a plea to the ‘Bird Gods’ for respite! […]

Frog sculpture carved in Yorkstone

  Endomorph Frog. On all the occasions I’ve held a frog in my hand, usually rescuing one from the road, or taking one outside that has hopped into the house, I’ve been astonished by the feel of its skin and the squishiness of its body.  Also surprising has been its strength in trying to get […]

In the Workshop today – bird features

  Carving started from a little line sketch, a brief scribble made some time ago.  It is a thought, a ‘hardly there’ shape quickly jotted down so as not to forget the idea. Then, seeing it again, while looking for something else, it created excitement, and renewed thoughts and possibilities for it as a sculpture. […]

Whimbrel Sculpture

  The Whimbrel is a large brown wading bird with a long down-curved bill which it uses to probe into wet sand for invertebrates such as crabs, walking slowly through areas where the water is very shallow.  It is also partial to ground insects, slugs and snails. They are significantly vocal birds having a rippling […]

Stone Sculpture by the Lakes

    Yesterday I packaged stone sculpture ready for transit to a new gallery, Sculpture by the Lakes, who will be representing me in 2020. Sculpture by the Lakes is a special and extraordinary venue stretching across the Dorset countryside,  a place of beauty, restfulness and peace created by sculptor Simon Gudgeon and his wife […]

An Upside Down Bird for Glemham Hall

  It is unusual to see a bird on its back reclining in this way – in nature they’re very vulnerable in this position.  Sometimes you can see birds hanging upside down from a branch during feeding to get a better reach, where they’re cleverly agile and demonstrate extraordinary flexibility and grip.  There is a […]

In the Workshop today – Fancy Birds

  Perhaps it is the powerful twisty gusts of wind that has ruffled the tail feathers of these two.   It has certainly brought me into the workshop to finish them, I’m sanding their surfaces smooth and the dust keeps blowing up in my eyes and I’m buffeted off-balance. Fancy Birds – for their resplendent showy-offy […]

Lean Bird

  Sometimes I can’t say where my bird sculpture shapes come from, except they’re fashioned by an impulse, a sort of drive I let take charge.  Lean Bird has these undefined origins … well, perhaps not quite.  When I look at it now I recall at the beginning of January I saw a Heron fly […]