I made a couple of bowls over the weekend. One is Carrara Bianco marble, the other is a really nice piece of Welsh slate. These were both inspired by an exhibition at the SCVA (Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts) called FIJI, Art and Life in the Pacific. Among this incredible collection of artefacts (the largest collection ever shown) were some lovely bowls.
My bowls are more chunky, especially the legs on the Welsh slate one. As slate is a laminated material, I couldn’t make them thinner without risking them snapping off. This one showed amazing colour when rubbed. Here’s a few pictures…..
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.
I’ve been asked to carve memorials with trees on them a few times now…..each one is a challenge and quite unique.
Here are a few examples of laser-cut stainless steel lettering designs:
These designs are created using my own true-type fonts. I make a design and layout which I then convert to a path. This is a vector outline that can then be edited. This looks a bit like this:
These designs can then be scaled and laser-cut at any size. As you can see from the “may the circle be unbroken” design, I have made these at 30cm diameter and up to 1200mm diameter on the barn.
We installed this stone yesterday, and were lucky with the weather. In fact as we finished and the client arrived, the sun broke through the clouds…..
Today we installed a sandstone monolith in Gunton Park in Norfolk, close to the acclaimed Gunton Arms pub. This is what you see as you enter the park……
The stone was commissioned by Ivor Braka, art dealer, who bought the pub back in 2009. Following Ivor’s fantastic restoration project (see * below) this is now a great pub with a really interesting and varied (and surprising at times) art collection. The pub sits within a 1000 acre deer park. What I like about the pub, and the way it has been restored, is that you can enjoy a beer and a game of pool but also have great food in the restaurant. It’s still good for locals and as we saw today there’s a great new ‘snug’ out the back, which will be open soon. Here are a few pictures of the evolution of the stone. The text is taken from John Webster’s tragedy The Duchess of Malfi.
you can click on the images to enlarge them
by the way (for the pedants) the lower-case ‘a’ after ‘flesh?’ is in the original text
* The Gunton Arms is situated in the one thousand acre deer park which surrounds Gunton Hall near Cromer in Norfolk. The park was created in the early 18th Century by the Harbord family and was comparable in scale to the great estates to the west, Holkham and Houghton. The Park evolved over a 150 year period with a succession of great landscape architects being employed: Charles Bridgman, Humphrey Repton, Gilpin and Teulon. The Gunton Arms, originally Steward’s Farm, became the second house to Gunton Hall; and during the 1890s a frequent visitor was Lillie Langtry, famous beauty and mistress of the future King Edward VII. In the 20th Century the park declined into ruin, buildings were sold, the land ploughed up and the woods cut down. In 1982, rescue came in the person of Kit Martin, who along with Charles Harbord-Hamond and Ivor Braka succeeded in buying back much of the land and the buildings. In 2007 the park won the ‘Genius of the Place’ Country Life / Savills award for the best restoration of a historic landscape.
the above text was taken from the pub’s website