*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 the burr hit the slate;
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;
I designed this for a very special person (aw!).
There’s no Pictish squirrels out there, so I sat down with a few photos of red squirrels, a guide to draw such animals and an image in my mind of how a Pict would carve such a creature (© Hatch, Burn, Carve/Martin Wilson).
It was so satisfying to carve this wee creature which really came to life in the stone;
My friends Davy and Jane run The Framing Gallery on the High Street in Innerleithen.
They kindly agreed to stock some of my pieces!
Here’s two I made earlier ready for the shops with my recycled tags. I’m including protective feet with the slates- leaving it up to their owners if they would like to use them indoors or outdoors!
Here’s a couple of pics showing the before and after of the making of a trivet/cheeseboard. After carving, each slate is washed, bleached and washed again ready for use.
This one has been sold, but you can buy other trivets/boards I have made- just leave a comment, or email me at;
As I live tucked away in a rather, erm, tucked away street, I put my carving skills to good use and made this house name/number plaque.
Done completely freehand using chalk pencils- here’s the first sketch directly onto slate;
Next stage- carving;
Before cleaning, washing and drying- ready for painting with exterior gloss;
In true Blue Peter style- here’s one I made earlier (for my previous house, when this was still a hobby for me and my lines were still a bit shaky!);
Do you want a truly individual house name/number plaque custom made for you?
Leave a comment or email me;
Realising that you can never have enough logs in store, I built this third one using entirely leftover and recycled materials.
Again, this pic was taken after a cold winter!
If you want a log store made from recycled and reclaimed materials, just leave a comment or email me at ;
On moving to my new house, I have built the coop above from two pallets, recycled sarking boards and recycled slate. I kinda made the design up as I went along, but have plans if you would like me to build similar for your chooks.
I’d kept chickens for a number of years now. They are fascinating, stupid, stubborn beasts. Yes, they show ‘cupboard-love’, but you can earn respect from them with some time and patience. I never get too ‘close’ to chickens which I keep as I see them as livestock, but they are individual sentient beings.
One big Blackrock which I kept really took a dislike to me- after all, I was the one who used to cover her in louse/mite powder and force tonic/vitamins down her throat in the coldest weather. But, slowly (and with lots of sweetcorn!) she let me pick her up- used to carry her round the garden like a big fluffy cat. Bless.
I absolutely abhor battery farms- there is simply no need to buy eggs from these places.
Think before you go for the ‘value’ eggs.