Workshop

In the Workshop today – Turtle Doves

  Said to represent innocence, purity and enduring love, Turtle Dove lore in deeply notched into our minds – seen in art, poetry, Shakespeare, Egyptian carvings, they were even said to draw the heavenly chariot of Aphrodite herself! The name seems strange doesn’t it, but they’re not in any way related to turtles, these doves […]

Owl Awareness Day

  International Owl Awareness Day was actually on Sunday (4th August, 2019) – but I’m celebrating today as this morning there were traces (lime splatter) that an owl had been present in the shed overnight.  The find fires my imagination. This year the Kestrels nested in the box, and I haven’t seen much evidence of […]

In the Workshop today – ferns

  After carving Gold Leaf  I’ve had many requests to carve similar pieces, with a variety of leaves, sprigs, flora and fauna.  This one delicately describes the unfurling of fern fronds.  Here I’m drawing onto the stone in preparation for carving, trying to get the very specific way ferns hold themselves to fit onto the […]

Breaking stone – in a good way!

  Mostly when I go to the quarry for a block of stone, there isn’t a piece just the size I’m looking for.  This means either I compromise and make smaller than originally intended, or I get a larger block and trim off when I get back to the workshop. My aim is usually to […]

New Year’s Eve celebrations

  My geese join me in a little New Year’s Eve celebration at my workshop as the light fades on 2018.  I’m tidying and putting things in order in readiness for a new year beginning.  We sat until it was quite dark, remembering, reflecting, rejoicing and  looking forward to bringing dreams and plans and sculpture […]

Feature in the Yorkshire Post Magazine

  Chris Bond, Editor of the Yorkshire Post Magazine and photographer Gary Longbottom spent an afternoon here at my workshop exploring, chatting and taking images for a little feature they were proposing about me and my sculpture. Today it was published in the weekend Magazine – what a lovely way to round off my busy […]

A Loveliness of Ladybirds

  As a result of the clocks going back I discover that the collective name for Ladybirds (Ladybugs, Ladybeetles) is a Loveliness. A Loveliness   I’m sure I should have known this, it seems so obvious now!  And perfect! I clambered up into the rafters at the workshop to alter the clock hands, back  one […]

When I’m ready to riffel

  When I’m ready to riffel, I go to the riffler jar.  Here I keep these rather special little tools – they are narrow and elongated with a curved file surface at each end – used for filing. Riffling is a most enjoyable process (it is a lovely word too – I think comes from […]

In the Workshop today – lettercutting

  It is fascinating delving into the history of a property, discovering a building’s past.  It can come from a simple find in the loft, or behind a wall covering, tucked under a skirting or floorboard, which sparks further investigation or come from dedicated research into the construction and architectural history. I’ve been working on […]

Seasonal Stone

  Stone flushed with Autumn colour. I’m collecting these hips, there are lots.  It is a wild rose, it grew from seed (delivered by a bird, by the wind, on animal fur?) on a path leading to my stone store shed, and which makes me stoop and squeeze sideways every time I go past.  It […]