Sculpture

In the Workshop today – otter carving

  The stone is warm from the heat of the sun and I’m trying to keep a clear head as I work the details of my otter sculpture.  This refining and making of small alterations at this stage of carving can have an enormous impact.  The chisel, with the smallest cut, may change the character, […]

Rustic Birdlets

  Every band, line, swirl and mark combine to enliven and make each bird unique.  These Birdlets are plain and simple in style, each carved from a solid piece of colourful Yorkstone with distinctive natural iron ore elements running through.  Birdlets are contemporary in feel with a rustic beauty. When visiting the quarry I select […]

In the Workshop today – chock & wedge

  It isn’t always just about carving the stone.  Time this morning has been spent in getting this block, weighing over a tonne, to a sensible height for working, and so that I can move it around the workshop as easily as possible. Just like chisels and hammers, wood battens and wedges are important tools.  […]

Easter Bird

    Happy Easter   Grey Bird freshly hatched.   Wishing you a wonderful Easter weekend.     Grey Bird        

A Dragonfly and some Updates

  I’ve been carving a dragonfly – an Emperor Dragonfly just landed, and resting on a pebble.  Here I’m working on getting the legs as thin as I dare  and putting some detail into the tail, which will overhang the stone it is sitting on. What an apt sculpture to be working on just now […]

Barclays Bird sculpture

  This is Barclays Bird – a sculpture carved in Portland Limestone. The stone I used for carving Barclays Bird was from a large pallet load I purchased last year.   I learned that the stone was destined for the tip, or to be crushed, and I thought it really should be re-used or re-cycled […]

In the Workshop today – Lapwing sculpture

  I can hear Lapwings calling as I carve.  A couple of weeks ago I saw a sole bird and rejoiced its return to my little area of the North York Moors – Lapwings nest in the fields above my workshop.  The wind was high, and the Lapwing was buffeted in the sky, and I […]

Bird Sculpture – a pair of Quails

  Quails are distinctive due to the combination of their stocky bodies and long, pointed wings.  Their upperparts are brown, streaked and barred with buff, while their underparts are a warm, buffy orange. In the UK they are a migrant bird and can be found in low-lying parts of northern England as a summer visitor.  […]

Watermark Gallery in Harrogate

    Yesterday I delivered a small collection of stone pieces to the Watermark Gallery in Harrogate, just in time for a celebration of their opening in the evening. It was a delight to meet owner Liz Hawkes and see her new gallery.  Liz is so knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the art and sculptural pieces […]

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 […]