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.


York stone, Syderstone church, Norfolk


York stone, Holt church, Norfolk

East Horsley

York stone, East Horsley, Surrey

East Horsley

York stone, East Horsley, Surrey


York stone, Bale church, Norfolk


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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Kilkenny limestone sculpture

The stone is finally ready for collection. Dan and I have been working all hours to get this finished. Kilkenny stone is amazing stuff…’s hard, there is no easy way to polish it, every grade of paper needs doing thoroughly. The top half is polished, the bottom chiselled with a claw tool. It’s quite effective, the contrast is very strong.

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Kilkenny sculpture update

After hours of cutting, grinding and rubbing……I’m starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Having the stone stood up enabled me to walk around it and get the shape working from every angle. Also I was able to draw on the flowing line where the polished upper surface will meet the claw chiselled lower surface. Now the stone has to be laid down again to help me work the lower surface.

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some recent memorials

I have been installing a few stones recently, trying to beat the frosts! We just got back from St Andrew’s (Scotland) on Wednesday, and have installed two in Norfolk and one near Hull recently. Here are a few pictures. Three of them are York stone, and the paler one (pictured first), which is now in St Andrew’s cemetery, is a stone called ‘Moleanos’ an attractive limestone from Portugal. It’s very hard! It took us by surprise how hard it is. I had a sample sent before ordering it and it seemed very similar to Hopton Wood limestone from Derbyshire, and also a little like Nabresina limestone from Italy/Croatia. It seems harder than both when you start working it though. The design was a joint effort, working closely with the family, and my job was to make an interpretation that would work in stone.

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This next stone is in Burnham Norton, North Norfolk, a good example of how keeping it simple and having generous spacing and larger letters can be very pleasing. John, or JMW Thompson as he signed himself, was editor of the daily telegraph for 10 years, and the use of a 17th century letterform was a reference to this. He was also a Yorkshireman, so the stone (material) chose itself!


This next stone is near Hull……..carved on both sides, with both raised and incised elements.

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Here’s another York stone memorial, this time in Blakeney. This stone was to a botanist, who specialised in palmate leaves, among other things

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While I was in Blakeney I saw another stone I put in recently……..Westmorland slate

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This next stone is in a village churchyard near Swaffham……Toby was an avid reader, and lillies were a favourite flower.

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Kilkenny sculpture taking shape

I’ve been working on the shape of this sculpture some more, and the basic form is coming together. I’ve drilled and pinned the bottom, so I can work on it upright now, and walk around it. It’s the only way to get the shape looking good from every angle. Easier said than done! Looking forward to tomorrow……..the shape is still not quite right in places and getting into the hole and making that a nice shape is awkward. Kilkenny stone is very hard, and therefore there are no shortcuts!!

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