Relief Carving Commission – Wren
Work began for the commission with a series of drawings -firstly to get to know Wrens and then re-worked so that the image could be carved into a simple relief on the face of a large block of stone.
The idea was to have the wren image on one face of a large, natural looking boulder. I visited the quarry a number of times to find the right dimensions and a suitable piece of stone. Eventually I saw a lovely piece of stone, but it was much too large, so I arranged with the quarry for one end to be sawn off and this gave me my block.
Once back at the workshop I began the carving. Firstly the outline of the wren was drawn on the block, and then the background taken back. Once this had been achieved, and smoothed flat, I then started shaping the wren, to give a more life-like feel.
Lots of sanding and the block was finished and ready for delivery. Here it is on site being put into place.