Page featuring my work in ‘Luxurious Magazine’

17th May 2012

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Progress of a letter cutting commission

16th May 2012

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Baptismal Font

5th August 2011

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Worked in ‘Mocha Creme’ Portuguese Limestone and installed at the Wield & Downland open air museum near Chichester.

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Ludlow Stone Carving Festival 2011

23rd May 2011

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My piece won the carving competition at St Laurence church, Ludlow, Shropshire this year. The piece took 20 hours to carve and was sold along with the other competition pieces to raise funds for the churches upkeep.

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And here are a few more carvings from the competition, there were 23 fantastic carvers in total some independent & others from various Cathedral workshops.

The standard was very high and they raised £4300 for the church.

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Stone lion sculpture at ‘The Goring’

5th May 2011

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Bronze portrait bust commission

12th April 2011

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Horace Walpole portrait . An18th Century Coade Stone Plaque

1st April 2011

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I restored this plaque using the Micro Abrasive system, then chemically. The break was pinned with stone resin and the fracture filled with Paraloid resin mixed with Coade Stone powder.

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Design process for letter cutting project

1st February 2011

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The final design which will be slightly adjusted and perfected when I transfer onto my stone.

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Re-carved missing stone finials

28th January 2011

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Much of this will then be gilded when the mansion is re-opened.

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Strawberry Hill Stone shields Diary

2nd December 2010

Day 1

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Loosely roughing out forms

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Day 2

2nd December 2010

Developing detail, focusing on the mane and face. Paws are very tricky.

Liking the deranged expression.

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Day 3

Focusing on axe detail and flow of the mane

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Day 4

The Strawberry Flower crown and musculature

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Day 5

Cleaning up, undercutting and concentrating on catching light and shadow when lit from above

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And here are the other two!

 

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And here they are after I have installed them above the main entrance at Strawberry Hill in Twickenham.

 

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Spiders

20th October 2010

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I hope to carve a series of Insects and Arachnids.  I’m sure they are getting bigger by the year, so you can really see the amazing patterns on their abdomens.

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Photo diary showing the design process involved in making ‘River God’.

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Finished and off to mould making workshop!

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Heraldic shield, scale working model

25th September 2010

This is the first of three clay scale working models.

I will work from them when carving the stone shields to be installed at Strawberry Hill above the main entrance.

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Medieval Alabaster panels

23rd September 2010

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I have removed and cleaned these delicate Medieval Alabaster panels, they are the consistency of soap.

No water can be applied when cleaning as Alabaster breaks down into Gypsum. when in contact with water.

They were moved from their original positions in the 19th century, the walls of Strawberry Hill were x-rayed to find their original 18th century niches.

I will re-install them in their proper place at a later date, when they will be distempered.

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Please leave general comments & questions

6th September 2010

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Kilpeck inspired ‘Beak Head’

3rd September 2010

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A small project, carved in French Limestone, inspired by the amazing carvings at Kilpeck church in Herefordshire where deranged and fantastic Pagan influenced carvings are mixed in with Christian ones.

http://www.crsbi.ac.uk/search/location/kilpeck*/site/ed-he-kilpe.html

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‘Virgilia bewailing the absence of Coriolanus’

30th August 2010

I am in the process of conserving this high bas-relief Pre-Raphaelite marble by Thomas Woolner. Thomas was one of the five founders of the Pre-Raphaelite movement.

I am applying Arte Mundit (latex poultice), V&A mix (de-ionised water, synperonic detergent and White Spirit), and Complexon paste.

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18th Century Armorial Cartoons

25th August 2010

These are original 18th century archival Cartoons which I am interpreting in order to work the three heraldic shields featured in them from clay. I will then carve them in Lime stone and install them above the main entrance at Strawberry Hill, you can see where they will be fixed in the cartoon top right.

http://www.strawberryhillhouse.org.uk/

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Papier Mache Ceiling Repairs

23rd August 2010

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These pictures show the mould making and production of papier mache repairs to the great gallery ceiling at Strawberry Hill Mansions.

We spent a long time experimenting with historic ingredients before achieving a mix which was strong light and flexible enough, lovely stuff like Allum, Shellac, Whiting and Rabbit Skin glue.

The papier machet is then painted and gilded

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Chatsworth House

An enriched  cornice modelled in clay, which will be cast in plaster and installed at Chatsworth House.

http://www.chatsworth.org/

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St George’s Chapel Grotesque

‘A banker in a strong wind’.

This is a clay sketch, my second Grotesque design, for St George’s Chapel Windsor.The first (the mouse with grafted human ear) is to be installed this year.If approved, he will join my first design and be carved in limestone and he will be installed next year.

This is me and my friend Will, You can see where i got the inspiration!

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  1. Here he is further along the design process, he now has a combover, pin stripe suit and bowler hat, and is grasping a bank note in his hand.
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