• Baddeley's stone with all the background removed

    Background removed from Baddeley’s stone

    The background star effect had to be removed in the end. Making this piece has made me think about how on…

  • close-up of starting part of the background

    An ephemeral white line

    The white line effect around the letters is caused when the chisel cuts the stone. I think there must be…

  • close up of transferring the image for Sandy Bar

    Sandy Bar is on its way

    Preparing Sandy Bar…I’m going to carve the letters in relief, so it’s lucky the stone is so soft and forgiving.…

  • completed, February 2016

    Charley the Cat

    Memorial stone: Elterwater green limestone from Cumbria: Digital typeset using Orpheus Pro Italic font: lettercut and then letters white waxed,…

  • graphite rubbing of Baddeley's stone

    Graphite pencil rubbing of Baddeley’s stone

  • Carving posse in action, Burgess Hill

    Tom in action with the spinning Julia…machine sanding my piece of Elterwater green slate for Charley. Meanwhile the posse was hard…

  • and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them

    bit late for Epiphany, but hey, these things take time… I seem to have created a sort of star effect…

  • Sorrow alighted in my heart and I melted, even as lead melts when engulfed by flame, wherefore oh eyes pour forth thy tears, nor stint thy flow, nor tire oh heart at being tried with Sorrow…

    Sorrow alighted in my heart and I melted even as lead melts

    Sorrow alighted in my heart and I melted, even as lead melts when engulfed by flame, wherefore oh eyes pour…

  • banker ingress, practice for Sorrow

    I’m working on a practice piece for Sorrow – it’s a piece of heather red slate previously used for practising…

  • starting Sorrow at Geoff’s in Burgess Hill

    I’m getting ready to carve Sorrow on a lovely piece of heather blue slate from Penrhyn in North Wales. Transferring…