Monthly Archives: October 2014

The Dragon Gate

After many hours of planning, design, cutting, wood-carving and slate-carving, I finally installed this in the customer’s garden last week.


Assembled using half-lap joints, dowels and Gorilla Glue- I made this without using a single screw and the only nails are in the framing around the dragon head (design © Hatch, Burn, Carve/Martin Wilson).


I based the design on the drawing and brief supplied, but I also used Phi (the Golden Ratio) to work out proportions and dimensions.


The details in the wood are all hand-carved. Marbles have been embedded in the wood to catch the sun and light up like LED’s.


If you would like a truly individual garden gate, please PM me or email and we can discuss your ideas




The dragon head after carving and before inserting into the gate.


Carving the details into the wood.


Assembly of the gate.

Pictish Horse Stable Sign

This stable sign was based on the Pictish horse design from the Class I Symbol Stone in Inverurie (but with added ‘spots’ as Blackjack has these).


This was carved into a reclaimed roof slate and hand-enamelled.


If you would like a bespoke stable sign, then please message me here or email


Icelandic Horses Stable Signs

I was asked to create matching stable signs for two Icelandic Horses- ‘Ess’ and ‘Lyfting’.

I drew the horse head, adding some classic Pictish spirals and carved these into two reclaimed roof slates (design © Hatch, Burn, Carve/Martin Wilson). These were then hand-enamelled.



Here’s one of my original drawings (note that these are my own design and therefore subject to copyright);


I can draw/design, carve and enamel bespoke stable signs for your horse-  please PM me here, or email


Rose Cottage

A recent house name commission- this was carved into a piece of reclaimed snooker table base.


The customer wanted a Charles Rennie Mackintosh design- with a classic CRM rose.

Here it is in the process of being hand-enamelled in the studio;