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Natural Memorial Stone

It’s always an honour to be asked to make a memorial for a loved one, and this was no exception. After searching and swimming in the seas around our country for a number of months, I eventually found this beautiful stone in the North Sea, off the coast of East Lothian (24 x 27 x 8 cm, 11 Kg).

Freehand carved, as always, in the Scottish Borders, and placed by the customer at Samye Ling.


Mani Stone with Tibetan Snow Lion

This Mani stone commission was carved from a stone I found in my local river (the Leithen Water in the Scottish Borders). I designed the Snow Lion with reference to the Tibetan national emblem. Measuring 46 x 28 x 6 cm and weighing 14 Kg, this was entirely hand carved using my Foredom power carver, and hammer and chisel.

The mantra outline was carved with 1 mm diamond burrs, continually spraying the stone with water during the power carving process.

After the mantra outline was completed, I carved around the syllables with my 6 mm Europ chisel and Tiranti Italian dummy mallet.

The Tibetan Snow Lion was carved using 0.8 mm and 1 mm Eternal Tools diamond ball burrs.

After the stone was washed, the Tibetan Snow Lion was carefully enamelled with gold 1-Shot using a Size 0 Lawrence Micro-Detail brush.

The completed piece.










Pictish Stag Serving Board

Carved from a reclaimed slate (approximately 40 x 25 cm), this design is based on the design from a Class I Pictish stone found in Grantown-On-Spey in the early 1860s (now in the Museum of Scotland).

Sealed with a food-safe stone sealer, this serving board/trivet (and many of my other pieces) is available from The Hub on the High Street, Innerleithen.


‘Runic Cross’ Plaque

This was a piece I made a few years ago, and was sitting on a shelf in my office. It was made using an approximately 300 year old Cornish roof slate.

I recently reworked, polished and enamelled the plaque (using metallic copper enamel to match the natural colours in the slate). This piece is currently on sale at The Hub on The High Street, Innerleithen.

This design is based on the cup, ring and channel carvings found on the east face of the  so-called ‘Runic Cross’ in Innerleithen. However, there is little evidence to suggest it was a cross (and there are certainly no runes on the stone). In 1871, the stone was found during the demolition of an old church in Innerleithen, forming part of the foundations. Given its use as foundation material, this would suggest that the stone was deemed only fit for building material and many Christian sites used megaliths for this purpose, or were built directly on top of sacred sites.


Slate House Sign

Slate house sign (24 x 15 x 1 cm). Freehand carved and polished, finished with three coats of professional monument enamel (and two light coats of stone sealer).

Made for a house in southern France (‘Aube’ translates as ‘dawn’).


Bee and Honeycomb Serving Board

Bee and honeycomb serving board/trivet (design ©HatchBurnCarve).

This was carved, filed, sanded and hand polished from a reclaimed roof slate (40 x 25 cm).

After enamelling, the board was sealed with a food-safe stone sealer.


Landing II

‘Landing II’ (34 x 19 cm, © HatchBurnCarve).

A commission based on my original ‘Landing’ design, but the customer wanted a piece they could hang on their wall. Designed from images of corvids captured in the Scottish Borders, East Lothian and Cornwall.

Carved using a variety of diamond, tungsten and Foredom CeramCut Blue carving burrs (from 0.5 to 3.2 mm) as well as traditional hammer and chisel).

After material removal with hammer and chisel, and starting to carve texture into the background;

The finished piece;



Making Carved Crow Plaques

During the making of these two crow plaques, I documented the process of creating the pieces from reclaimed roofing slates. Hover over each image (or click to view full screen) for a short description of each stage. This was a time consuming process involving two machining stages to prepare the material, nine sanding and polishing stages and three different carving processes.

The designs (©HatchBurnCarve) were drawn from photographs of crows I had taken in the Scottish Borders and Cornwall (hence naming the pieces ‘Corvus Alba’ and ‘Corvus Belerion’). The plaques were enamelled with two coats of monument/memorial enamel (brass for Corvus Alba and gold for Corvus Belerion) before a final polish and a very light coat of slate sheen. A D-ring hanger was attached to the reverse of each (using ‘Gorilla Weld’ epoxy) and felt protective feet added to prevent these marking any walls.



‘Corvus Alba’ (21 cm x 11 cm x 7 mm, ©HatchBurnCarve). Sold.

‘Corvus Belerion’ (16 cm x 15 cm x 7 mm, ©HatchBurnCarve). Listed for sale in my Etsy shop- follow this link.
























Uru-Anna Orion Plaques

Another four of my ‘Uru-Anna’ plaques (design © HatchBurnCarve) that I sent to Kilmartin Museum Shop (number XI to XIV in an open-ended series).

This cup and ring design is based on the Orion constellation and influenced by the rock art found in Kilmartin Glen. I make these regularly to keep up with demand (these four sold within a matter of weeks) and some are occasionally available to buy from my Etsy shop (or you can order direct- please use the contact form, or email