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Catching Butterflies

25th January 2018

Stone is such heavy inanimate stuff that it might not seem a suitable material for such an ephemeral subject as a Red Admiral butterfly, but with stone carving, it is all about the material.

Cold blooded and spineless

8th August 2015

In July Pete completed a series of four insect relief carvings which were installed along the Pennine way around Low Force waterfall in Teesdale. They are  carved out of the local black Weardale limestone, a very hard stone which polishes to a deep black and gives excellent variation in colour.

Alabaster, blue elvan and a trip to the Brecon Beacons

8th July 2014

Pete has been continuing with an avian theme in his carvings and recently completed a wren in alabaster. The wren sits on a stand made from blue elvan which brings an abstract element to the piece and creates a striking contrast of colours and textures. The wren was bought by a couple from Wales who returned for a second B&B stay with us this spring, giving us the opportunity of a trip to the Brecon Beacons to deliver the carving and enjoy their excellent hospitality.

Legendary Dartmoor in stone

3rd February 2014

Steve is Dartmoor born and bred and has a great love for the moors where he runs and walks his dogs regularly. Having worked all his life in the family garden machinery firm, he is making time to explore his lifelong creative and artistic interests.

Press and awards for Koeschi

8th December 2013

Koeschi is the Stone Carving Workshop’s base, an amazing eco-house that we are privileged to rent from our family. A visit to the Stone Carving Workshop comes with the added perk of getting to look round the house and enjoy lunch under the clerestory windows of the dining room.

A trip to Shakespeare's county, the stone merchant and home via Bristol

4th August 2013

In July we packed up a hire van and headed up the M5 to Ragley Hall in Warwickshire and set up a temporary gallery at the CLA Game Fair, which hosts one of the biggest annual gatherings of animal and wildlife artists. Pete’s carvings were displayed on white plinths against a black backdrop, with the lion, crow, bittern and jack russell taking centre stage

Good Cornwall Guide

25th February 2013

Melodie Manners from the Good Cornwall Guide spent a day with us earlier in February and made a very nice carving of her initials using two different letter forms. Thanks Melodie for your write up, it was a pleasure having your company for the day. (And good luck for the marathon!)

Carving at the Mushroom Works 26th & 27th Jan '13

29th January 2013

Thanks once again to Nick James at the Mushroom Works in Newcastle for organising a successful weekend of carving courses. The weather was a bit snowy up there in the North East, but everyone made it to the venue and there was some really excellent work. 

An important arrival

14th January 2013

Pete went up to Portland in Dorset last week to collect a piece of stone that will become the lion carving. There’s a photo of the clay model for the lion on our facebook page. It will be quite a large piece, and is going to be on show at the Delamore Arts outdoor sculpture show in May. 

Studio Golondrina in Spain

8th January 2013

We have recently been in contact with sculptor Jon Sait who has set up a stone carving studio in north east Spain. It looks and sounds marvellous.

Work in progress

2nd January 2013

Pete has recently completed a carving of a crow in Cornish Schorl, which is black tourmaline sometimes found alongside granite in the county. He has also made a clay model for a large carving of a lion’s head which will be carved in Portland stone for the outdoor exhibition at Delamore Arts in Devon this May. 

Luxullianite!

4th September 2012

Not every small Cornish village has its own unique type of granite named after it. Luxulyan is the other village in our parish of Lanlivery and is the only place in the world where you can find Luxullianite.

Carving for the National Trust at Calke Abbey

5th June 2012

Pete’s most recent completed commission is a series of six relief carvings and a lettering piece for the National Trust at Calke Abbey in Derbyshire. There is a gallery of the carvings on Pete’s website here. More about the project and this fascinating place soon!

Rosalie

"I just wanted to say that the sculpture is perfect and we absolutely love it. It catches the light in so many different ways and looks amazing"

- Rosalie