Monthly Archives: October 2013

The World’s First Anarcho Punk Cheeseboard*

*as far as I know

My friend Matt had this lump of lovely old slate and being a lifelong admirer of Crass, it was only natural that he wanted to combine his love of both anarcho-punk with cheese.

I chalked up the Crass logo for Matt to make sure I had it correctly placed and sized before carving;



The finished piece looks like this;


The slate also had some original machining on one side which Matt wanted on the plain edge, so I continued this along the length of the stone;


A final image of the logo and edging;



Pictish Squirrel

The Picts never left any carvings of squirrels, so I studied photographs of red squirrels, a guide to draw such animals and an image in my mind of how a Pict might carve such a creature (Design © Hatch, Burn, Carve/Martin Wilson).


I carved the Pictish squirrel from a rough, reclaimed roof slate (complete with nails holes).DSC05957

From chalking to carving a slate cheeseboard

Here’s a couple of pics showing the before and after of the making of a trivet/cheeseboard. After drawing the Celtic knot, the design is transferred to the slate (a reclaimed roof slate in this instance) and the lines are drawn again using a chalk pencil.

I carved this particular slate cheeseboard in 2013 using a Dremel 3000 and silicon carbide burrs. After carving, the slate is thoroughly washed and protective feet applied to the back.



This one was sold in 2013, but I regularly make such pieces- just leave a comment, or email me (