A Mole and a Mole Sculpture


Mole foraging

A feverishly digging mole, scraping at the damp silt and shifting stones and pebbles in its path.  I watched it for many moments, but it heard me and vanished down a hole in the bank.  It moved surprisingly quickly.

The little beck that runs down past my workshop has completely dried up.   I’ve seen it as a trickle in previous dry spells, but it is the first time it has been completely dry.  I’m being careful with water and re-cycling where possible.  There’s an area of grass which I’ve watered from the geese buckets and every morning it is criss-crossed with mole tunnels.  The lushness of this small area has obviously drawn them in.

Carving a mole in soapstone

Stages of carving my mole sculpture

I’m thinking about those hugely powerful front limbs, clawing, delving and tunneling whilst I’m carving a mole sculpture.  Also of its super-sensitive pink snout.  The soapstone I’m working gorgeously represents the mole’s colouring and earthy, underground life.

Mole sculpture in progress

When I saw the mole disappear into the hole, I just got a glimpse of its scurrying bottom and tail, which was longer than I thought and held upright.  This is something moles do when running in their burrows, their tails are held up, to act as a guide along the tunnel walls, and especially useful when they’re going backwards!

sanding and polishing my mole sculpture

Have you noticed any unusual or different wildlife behaviour during this hot dry summer?

Here’s the mole sculpture finished.

Sculpture of a Mole

Mole stone sculpture






  1. Comment by Ellen Abbott:

    another beautiful piece. so dry here as well. have to fill the bird baths every day.

    • Reply by Jennifer:

      Your lucky birds they get looked after so well, topping mine up daily here too, in fact twice most days – a blackbird family line up and chide if I’m late!

  2. Comment by David Ranby:

    If there were moles in the arctic this could have been Inuit, withe soapstone and the polish. Love the power in the shoulders counter-balanced by his delicate little nose. Beautiful.

    • Reply by Jennifer:

      Thanks so much David – I remember when visiting Ontario, seeing soapstone carvings and I’m sure that the experience in some way influences my sculpture, and certainly I’m in awe of their ability to imbue simply and intuitively a spirit and strength to their carving.

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