The Story of Wood – Vessel Emerging

When you see a finished piece of carved or turned work, it can be difficult to imagine how that piece evolved from wood as we see it in nature - trees, branches, logs and so on. As part of the Story of Wood - the tale of how trees are reborn as art - I decided to make that connection. I could have taken the process and shown a part-worked piece, or a piece of turned work ...
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The making of ‘Owl’ – Part 2

I had roughed out the owl's form in green wood and then waited months for the material to dry. Why? Dry wood can take detail and reach a fine finish. It can also be brought indoors without fear of distortion or cracking. So I returned to the open air to refine the owl form. Green wood is pliable and horse chestnut is no exception. It had taken the form I marked out fo...
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The making of ‘Owl’ – Part 1

Creating sculpture can be a slow process. It takes time to move from inspiration to concept, then to preliminary sketches and selection of materials. The making is an art in itself. I want to show you more of the making, partly because some people think that is the entire work rather than just part of the process. There's always a seed of some kind, whether you draw upon rea...
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York Minster stone & wood auction

After the devasting fire in York Minster in 1984 the scorched roof timbers and wooden ceiling bosses were stored under York city walls.  Today, just over 30 years later, York Minster auctioned some of these amazing 14th century pieces of carved oak, alongside beautiful stone masonry replaced during Minster renovations. It was a privilege to be present at the auction and we w...
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