Monthly Archives: November 2014

The Ethos of Hatch, Burn, Carve

As I’ve had a lot of new likes over on Facebook and many more viewers of my blog, I wanted to share a bit about the background to creating my pieces and the things which inspire and drive me.
Practically all of the material I use is reclaimed/recycled or found. There’s more than enough natural material in existence without the need for more quarrying. I spend hours and days on beautiful beaches (mainly around Cornwall and East Lothian- the main image is from a recent trip to Tyninghame Beach in East Lothian) collecting gifts from the sea such as stones and driftwood. I also seek out disused slate quarries. These long-forgotten places offer up some beautiful natural pieces of slate.
My pieces are inspired by nature, archaeology, folklore, heritage and the magick of the British Isles- subjects which I have been fascinated with all of my life.  As well as traditional designs, I also offer my own artistic and drawing skills and welcome commissions and ideas for pieces.

DSC07799The Uffington White Horse from a magickal summer field trip I made this year around many of the chalk hill figures of Southern England.
I hand carve and finish every piece- the only machines I use are Foredom, Proxxon and Dremel carvers and an industrial dust extractor. I also use traditional hammer and chisels. No CNC routers, computer designs, carvers or sand-blasters. Slate edges are filed by hand and the surfaces are hand-sanded with up to six grades of wet and dry paper. If the piece requires enamelling, this is also done by hand.

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A Dremel and a dust extractor nozzle- the only machines I need.

All of this is a time consuming process (a cheeseboard/trivet typically takes around two hours to create), but it’s important to me to offer *truly* hand-crafted and bespoke items which will last for centuries.

I am passionate about the natural materials I use and am given by the land.

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Uffington White Horse

Uffington White Horse cheeseboard/trivet/placemat.

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Been busy making up stock including a couple of these Uffington Horse carvings.

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Just a reminder- if you would like a personalised slate piece for Christmas, please get in touch with me soon- thanks 🙂

If interested, message me here on this page, or email hatchburncarve@yahoo.co.uk

Driftwood Candle Holders

Hand-crafted from wood found at Yellowcraigs beach in East Lothian.

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Any remaining bark was stripped from the wood, some of the knots were carved out and after coring the holes for the tealights, the long process of hand-sanding begun!

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Each one took around two to three hours of hand sanding (with five different grades of paper) before I finished with two coats of wax.

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If you would like to purchase one, simply message me on this site or email hatchburncarve@yahoo.co.uk. Thanks.

Both of these are now SOLD, but I have been making others using wood collected from Gullane Beach in East Lothian- pictures coming soon!

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Making Cheese Knives

Each of these knives are hand carved and shaped from a solid block of reclaimed mahogany using my trusty Frosts Mora bushcraft knife.

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Once shaped, the long process of sanding begins- I typically use six grades of sandpaper down to P600.

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After sanding, I carve any designs using a lovely Austrian V-notch tool.

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The blades are then set in the wood with super-strong epoxy resin before I apply two coats of wax.

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If you would like to purchase one, send me a message on this site, or email hatchburncarve@yahoo.co.uk.