Galleries: Students' work
The focus of the workshops I run is to provide the means for everyone to achieve their carving goals, however humble or ambitious. The small group sizes gives us the flexibility to work with lettering, relief, in-the-round carving on pretty much any subject,no matter what the starting level of skill.
As a society, I believe we do not work enough with our hands; the satisfying weight of the mallet, the feel of the chisel cutting into the stone are tremendously satisfying. It has been my very great pleasure to introduce a wide variety of people,of all ages, skills and backgrounds into this most fascinating and ancient art.
Apple tree shield
Lynn spent a few days in the studio and made this striking heraldic relief based on her surname.
Paul and Joe produced these lovely, elegant V-cut capitals
Anna's uncurling fern design shows lovely movement.
Angel of Death
Mathew's Angel of Death comes from a Guillermo del Torro design from Hellboy 2. A fine modern Grotesque.
A lovely flowing design from Ruth, based on curves found in Celtic art.
Excellent bold lettering design in Welsh slate from Ian. The gilding really does bring it to life.
A powerful direct design from Mike, the robust handling of forms matching the subject perfectly.
Hugo's very crisp Cornish Celtic cross
Amanda's pierced form on a slate plinth
In some ways a simple piece, but Leanne's sensitive handling of surface is really effective.
Leanne produced both these pieces and has matched her skills as a baker in stone carving. The plaited loaf is carved from Ancaster weatherbed, quite a hard limestone, but very attractive.
Not everyone hates spiders, me and Fiona think they should be celebrated.
Steffi came over from Holland to produce this fine head study
The first tranche of Lerryn WI and their carvings + Bernard who managed to sneak in.
Two contrasting approaches to foliate design from Anna and Biddy, both using the stone in an imaginative way
A fine garden feature from John with bold Celtic knot-work and heraldic creatures.
A deceptively simple design in Portland stone,
Becky proudly showing her spiral abstract.
Trajan sans serif
Janet has shown great control and the power of a simple direct design.
Paul's confidence in handling architectural forms and texture shows his background as a garden designer.
Rough and fine claw chisels put to good use in Linda's touching equine relief
The medieval style of Nathan's water and fish design shows great confidence in the handling of line and form.
This fine relief of the Egyptian god Anubis shows Billie's excellent grasp of depth.
Uffington White Horse
Jason needed a sign for his business premises and decided to come along and make one himself. A nice job.
A very personal design from Sarah representing both family members and the cardinal points.
No prizes for guessing Michael's occupation. This foot-high molar carving now graces the waiting room admired by many apprehensive clients.
Keywan's fine head shows confident use of the chisel.
Linda has shown here what can be achieved in a day's carving
Gosforth Cross Design
An anglo-saxon double-headed serpent design crisply carved by Dave.
Dennis has shown a real craftsman's touch with this butterfly relief
Snail shell form
A big, bold sculpture showing confident handling of a complex form by young Derek.
Myself, trying to demonstrate correct posture and use of tools
Measure, then measure again, then cut.
A memorial for Monty the dog showing both raised and incised lettering techniques.
A design to be placed next to an outdoor pond.
Conchita has created a lovely tactile piece out of Portland basebed.
2 day relief from September workshop at RHS Rosemoor
Romaine has carved a lovely atmospheric relief in Portland stone
An impressive abstract of intertwined forms by Conchita.
The facial features taking shape nicely, carved by Chris.
Quite a complex piece in progress, the forms inspired by waves on Cornwall beaches.
A fine Scarab form carved by Mat.
Medieval Wood-cutter figure carved by Lynn.
A series of washes applied to Portland stone relief by Charlotte
Dave's first try at Trajan letters went pretty well I think