‘Sidereal Signs’

‘Sidereal Signs’ (39.5 x 13 cm).
Based on cup and ring markings from ‘the Runic Cross’ (Innerleithen), a cup and ring marked stone found at Lamancha in 1868 (now in the National Museum of Scotland) and a cup and ring marked stone found at Lyne in 1959 (now in Peebles Museum).

Part of ‘A Sense of Place’ exhibition showing in the Tweeddale Museum and Gallery, Peebles from 5th August to 2nd September 2017.

 

‘An Athame for the Leithen’

‘An Athame for the Leithen’ (20 x 3.5 cm). Slate from the disused quarry at Altarstone, Stobo. Wood from one of the old church pews from the Church of Scotland, Innerleithen. Blade carvings replicate the cup and ring markings from the so-called ‘Runic Cross’, now housed in the aforementioned church.

Part of ‘A Sense of Place’ exhibition showing in the Tweeddale Museum and Gallery, Peebles from 5th August to 2nd September 2017.

 

‘An Athame for the Tweed’

Slate, wood, wax twine (18 x 3 cm). Slate from the disused quarry at Altarstone, Stobo. Blade carvings replicate Mason’s marks found on Tweed Bridge and Neidpath Castle.

Part of ‘A Sense of Place’ exhibition showing in the Tweeddale Museum and Gallery, Peebles from 5th August to 2nd September 2017.

 

‘Manor Water Stones I and II’

‘Manor Water Stones I and II’. Hand made from stones collected from the Manor Water at Kirkton Manor, Peeblesshire.

Part of ‘A Sense of Place’ exhibition showing in the Tweeddale Museum and Gallery, Peebles from 5th August to 2nd September 2017.

‘Cutting Teeth I’

‘Cutting Teeth I’ (30 x 6 cm). Slate, sheep jawbone and pitch pine resin. Slate from the disused quarry at Altarstone, Stobo. Sheep jawbone found on the slopes of Lee Pen, Innerleithen. Pitch pine resin made traditionally using pine resin from Caberstone Forest, rabbit droppings from Thornielee Forest and charcoal from an old rowan tree in Innerleithen. Part of ‘A Sense of Place’ exhibition showing in the Tweeddale Museum and Gallery, Peebles from 5th August to 2nd September 2017.

 

St Margaret’s Chapel Guild Presentation Plaque

A very special roof slate.
It was an honour to be asked to carve this presentation plaque for St Margaret’s Chapel Guild.

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St Margaret’s Chapel is the oldest building in Edinburgh (within Edinburgh Castle) dating back to the 12th Century. This slate was from the re-roofing in the mid-1800’s. Coat of arms measures 20 cm high and lettering on the scroll was 3 mm.

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Cornish and East Lothian Candle Holders

Three new driftwood candle holders.
Hand crafted from wood I collected from Tyninghame Beach in East Lothian and Crackington Haven in North Cornwall.

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After I collect the driftwood, it is placed in my outside wood store for around a year, then stored indoors for approximately three months.

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The process of making starts with removing any bark with my bushcraft knife, then coring holes for the candles. This is followed by an initial sanding with two grades of paper using an electric sander, then the long slow process of hand sanding with another four or five grades of paper before two coats of wax and polishing.

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World Enduro Series Trophies

Digging through my archive of images, I realised that I forgot to post these. A set of trophies for the World Enduro Series 2015 which was part of the Tweedlove bike festival. I created designs based on three animals found in the Tweed Valley, namely red squirrel, osprey and salmon (designs © Hatch, Burn, Carve/Martin Wilson).

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