London Design Fair

I finished setting up my stand today, and had a bit of a wander about. There’s an exciting array of designs by some of the country’s top craftspeople. Furniture, pottery, wallpaper, textiles, lighting, and all sorts of innovative products. Here is a snapshot…. pictures taken during the set up. Come and see me there. At the bottom of this post you will find a private view invitation and complimentary pass. You can download, complete and print these for free entry. I hope to see you there.

Experimental head

I made this yesterday, it’s some kind of imported sandstone. I’m not sure how much I like it…. I had an ancient mesoamerican carving in my mind, but this is not as nice. What do you think? I know it’s derivative, but it’s also a bit timeless and spontaneous….

Hidden treasures 

We’re on a road trip, transporting work from Dorset to Cambridge. This gave us a chance to take up an offer of accommodation with a fellow stone enthusiast, Martin Green, archaeologist and farmer.

He lives near Sixpenny Handley, in Cranborne Chase. He said “if you are passing pop in and say hello, you could see my collection of bits and pieces”. Well he wasn’t joking. He had an amazing collection of archaeological finds, fossils, stones and tools. He also lives on a farm with a lot of important sites on it. We had the guided tour. There’s a lot of information here if you are interested. He has given permission to Southampton University to undertake digs on his farm. It was a fascinating overnight stay with a lovely man. His book all about FLINT (and his ongoing love affair with all things flinty) will be coming out soonish, and will be really interesting. Here’s a few pictures….. starting with one of a pond barrow he uncovered on the farm.

Tree Memorials

I’ve been asked to carve memorials with trees on them a few times now…..each one is a challenge and quite unique. 

Stairway to heaven?

We installed a stone today in Sea Palling, Norfolk, and on the way back to the workshop stopped at Worstead church to check it out. It was a nice church with lots of interesting memorials and floor plaques. The thing that stood out to me however was this amazing ladder. It stood like a modern art installation. Check out these pictures….

This last image was what we installed in Sea Palling 

3 stones, 3 counties

We’ve been on the road recently, taking a Westmorland slate memorial to Lincolnshire,  a York stone memorial to East Sussex,  and a Welsh slate memorial to Surrey. The last two we installed today in one trip. It was a long day, the hottest of the year, and the digging was hard. The slate for Richmond cemetery was quite a challenge as we had to dig a huge hole to accommodate a pre-contract concrete shoe. The soil was so hard we had to drive the fork into the solid ground using a heavy sledgehammer. See below