Memorial in oak and Portugese limestone

I recently worked on a collaboration on this memorial. It was designed by Russell Bagley, and the woodwork was overseen by Kay Corbett. My part in the commission was to supply the stone and design and carve the inscriptions and Polish eagle. The stone is in Kelling churchyard, Norfolk. I think it is a successful mix of materials and an interesting piece. The cross also partly represents a fighter plane as the father of the deceased was a pilot. The oak is sandblasted to bring out the grain and the plinth of the cross is flame-textured whereas the base is honed. The stone is called Moleanos and is incredibly hard.

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Kilkenny limestone in situ

Back in December I wrote a blog about this sculpture made using kilkenny limestone. Well I now have pictures of it in situ thanks to my client. I made a similar sculpture over 10 years ago which was in the same material (see bottom image), but quite different in that it is well grounded and bottom heavy. This is obviously more top heavy. I wanted to push this idea and make something that looked poised, or as if it were balancing. Then we had the idea of having it installed in a sleeve so it can be rotated. The client is an engineer/builder so he did a lot of the work on this, and installed the stone himslef using block and tackle and scaffolding. He tells me it can be turned using one finger! I love the idea of it being both solid and movable. It is a very tactile piece with polished areas and rough clawed surfaces. It is also fun for the kids!

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Some recent work

  These are all York stone, installed on Monday and Tuesday this week. The rounded one is in Binham Abbey, Norfolk, and the rough boulder one is in Pickworth, Lincolnshire.

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Slate monoliths

I installed some slate monoliths yesterday in a private garden in Norwich. There were 5, spread among the new planting in the front garden of the property. I had previously made three heads for the back garden.  See the images below – it was a rainy day as you can see on the heads. I think these will look much better when the ground cover gets more established and when the yew hedging grows up the fences……I hope you like them.

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Some recent work

After a busy time in the workshop Dan and I have been installing a few stones. Below are some pictures. The first few are York stone, and the bottom ones are Westmorland slate.

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York stone, Syderstone church, Norfolk

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York stone, Holt church, Norfolk

East Horsley

York stone, East Horsley, Surrey

East Horsley

York stone, East Horsley, Surrey

Bale

York stone, Bale church, Norfolk

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York stone, Bale church, Norfolk

Burton Joyce

Honister slate (riven) Burton Joyce, Notts.

Burton Joyce

Honister slate (honed) Burton Joyce, Notts.

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Classical memorial

We installed a stone in St Pauls Walden, Hertfordshire today.  The client saw the first memorial and I designed something similar. It’s different to what I normally design,  but unique. The client wanted something shorter and wider. It was made in three sections out of York stone.

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Hopton Wood limestone bird

I have been working on a small sculpture this week, made from Hopton Wood limestone from Derbyshire. It is quite a hard material (which is good thing!) this enabled me to make some of the features quite thin and delicate such as the beak and tail, this would have been very risky in a softer stone. The rest of the sculpture I wanted to keep simple and bold, and allowing the beauty of the material to come through, with its fossils and beautiful tight-grained surface. It is about 20cm long. standing on an oak column, and will ultimately be installed in Liverpool University. I hope you like it!!

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