Monthly Archives: August 2014

The Swallow Gate

My largest (and most ambitious) project yet!

Here it is in place (and before the customer stained/preserved it);

After much mathematics and large scale 3-D wooden jigsaw puzzling (and four solid days of work), I recently installed this in the clients garden. We were both well chuffed!


The carved swallow insert (© Hatch, Burn, Carve/Martin Wilson);



The gate during construction;


If you would like me to create a unique piece of art for your garden entrance, please PM me here, or email


Bee and Honeycomb Cheeseboard

A new design (© Hatch, Burn, Carve/Martin Wilson) which I had been playing around with finally made it into slate 🙂

I can courier items UK wide for £11.

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Natural Sea Stone Bracelets and Necklaces

I love beachcombing 🙂 I have found some amazing things over the years, but usually come back with bags full of stones and sea-glass.


The stones I use to make these are collected either from a beach in North Cornwall or from one in East Lothian.


These are completely natural- no polishing or tumbling (I let the sea do the tumbling for me!)


The stones are all hand-drilled using a diamond tipped corer. Some of these take up to 20 minutes to drill! However, I also collect Hag-Stones (also known as Witches Stones, Serpents Eggs, Adder Stones etc). These are believed to have magical powers such as protection against spells, evil eye, or to be able to see faeries and other magickal beings if you look through the hole. Here’s one (for sale) which I found on an East Lothian beach;


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Custom Made House Sign

My own custom design (bees © Hatch, Burn, Carve/Martin Wilson), hand-carved into a section of reclaimed slate fireplace and hand enamelled.

This is the starting material and my original design;


The customer and myself were really pleased with the final piece! Here’s the slate after carving and before enamelling;


If you would like a unique house-sign made (not one of those boring run-of-the-mill machine cut and made mass produced items), then please PM me here or email  I can courier UK wide for approximately £11 (depending on your location).

Award-Winning Art

This was my entry to a recent competition run by the Eastgate Theatre and Arts Centre in Peebles- the theme was simply ‘fish’. It won first prize.


Taking the three fish from the town crest and motto of Peebles where the competition and exhibition was held, I decided to re-interpret the classic Pictish salmon of knowledge adding movement and flow to the designs. Each fish was hand carved onto a piece of reclaimed Scottish purple variegated slate (these came from a local roof which was approximately 200 years old). I made the frame using a combination of East Lothian driftwood and reclaimed sarking (roofing) boards.


Each of the slate pieces used to create the stream were hand cut and selected to give the impression of flow around the fish. This was a time-consuming process, but worth it for the end result.
This piece is now sold, however, I am currently working on some new art pieces as well as the more craft-based bespoke items which I create.
Finally, I wish to thank Belinda for her continued support and ‘Stream of Knowledge’ is dedicated to the memory of my mum.
©Hatch, Burn, Carve/Martin Wilson.
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Natural Wood Cake Stands

I made these natural wooden cake stands for serving a three tier wedding cake.

The top section of wood was sanded down to 1200 grade and then I applied some rapeseed oil to make them more food-safe.


These were seen after posting on my Facebook page and I had an order for another one. This was made using pine for the top and elm for the base.


If you would like to order one, please leave me a message here, or email