Dalton update

Here are a few more pictures of  the wall, taken last week. The rubble infill is there now and I am returning next week to carve an inscription in the coping stones, which went in earlier this week. I am excited to see how it looks with these finishing touches…………ImageImageImageImage

Hospital sculpture update

.1 .2 .3I have just about finished the lettering on this now. It was always my aim to make the lettering quiet free and un-precious on this piece, and it was drawn on in about 2 hours and roughed out quickly. It did take quite a while to go over and refine though but I think cutting the basic layout quickly has given the letters some freedom. I hope that the variety of widths, shapes and spacing is a breath of fresh air rather than too chaotic. The next stage is carving some flowers and plants. I’ll sketch these up next week. Hopefully the foundation will be going in soon, and the finished piece will be in by November.

engrained voices

I have finally finished all the lettercutting for my show in Salthouse Church next month. You can visit the engrained voices website to find out more. There are a few images below – a sneeky preview – I hope you can find timwe to drop in some time over the two week period. The show runs every day from 25 May-9th June from 11am-5pm. There are the following evening events too;

Sunday 26 May 6-8pm
engrained voices exhibition Private View
including Hugh Lupton’s Norfolk Folktales book launch
The official launch of engrained voices with drinks, snacks and storytelling

Friday 31 May 7.30-9.30pm
Storytelling evening: Saints and Scoundrels
Legends of the Norfolk Saints, a rich mixture of piety bloodshed and magic
For Adults and older children (12yrs+)

Friday 7 June 7.30-9.30pm
Storytelling evening: The Mardling Acre
Folk tales, legends and songs from the gossiping acres of East Anglia
For Adults and older children (12yrs+)

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engrained voices

I am currently working towards a show in Salthouse church this summer. I am making a series of pieces that relate to the theme of Norfolk Folktales. I am working with Hugh Lupton, storyteller, and he is helping by compiling a series of texts for me to carve in slate and limestone. The works are at different stages, some designed some carved already, some still being written.

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I have set up a website to promote this show and to record the process. Click here to visit the engrained voices website

St Michael and All Angels carvings

I finally finished carving these three panels today, and will be installing them in January. I have designed a wall which will be built within the grounds of Dalton Churchyard, near Skelmersdale, near Liverpool. These panels measure 1350mm x 800mm x 100mm thick. It has been a long process designing and carving these but immensely enjoyable.

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a beautiful couple

I noticed these a while back and finally got a good photo of the pair in Skeyton churchyard, just down the road from my workshop.

What I like most about them is their size and subtlety, and their quiet subdued beauty. They are only about 12-18″ tall and yet for me stand out as being the most powerful memorials in this churchyard.