Sculpture

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Shrubbery Bird

  Birds love shrubs.  Here there’s a rather tangly, unmanaged shrub area, but it is always full of birds and insects who seem very happy with my casual gardening style. The woody shrubs and climbers provide food for wildlife, including berries, fruits, seeds, nuts, leaves, and nectar-rich flowers.  The shrubbery also provides shelter and breeding […]

Shakespeare called it a ‘dive-dapper’

  I know this bird as a Dabchick, or Little Grebe – a chubby diving waterbird whose habitat of marshes, ponds and lakes supply all the insects, molluscs, tadpoles, small fish and reptiles that it can eat. They’re birds that tend to stay hidden in the reeds and vegetation, but when I’ve seen them, (and […]

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 – […]

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″