A very special roof slate.
It was an honour to be asked to carve this presentation plaque for St Margaret’s Chapel Guild.
St Margaret’s Chapel is the oldest building in Edinburgh (within Edinburgh Castle) dating back to the 12th Century. This slate was from the re-roofing in the mid-1800’s. Coat of arms measures 20 cm high and lettering on the scroll was 3 mm.
As the last two relief carved Pictish boar wall plaques sold within minutes of posting to my Facebook page, I’ve since made two more. Available to buy direct from Hatch, Burn, Carve (message me or email email@example.com).
Carved from hand-cut reclaimed slates (24 x 17 cm), I based these designs on an ancient stone from a book about Tibetan carvings.
Three new driftwood candle holders.
Hand crafted from wood I collected from Tyninghame Beach in East Lothian and Crackington Haven in North Cornwall.
After I collect the driftwood, it is placed in my outside wood store for around a year, then stored indoors for approximately three months.
The process of making starts with removing any bark with my bushcraft knife, then coring holes for the candles. This is followed by an initial sanding with two grades of paper using an electric sander, then the long slow process of hand sanding with another four or five grades of paper before two coats of wax and polishing.
Digging through my archive of images, I realised that I forgot to post these. A set of trophies for the World Enduro Series 2015 which was part of the Tweedlove bike festival. I created designs based on three animals found in the Tweed Valley, namely red squirrel, osprey and salmon (designs © Hatch, Burn, Carve/Martin Wilson).