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Sanskrit Stones For Talliston House & Gardens: A Liminal Journey

In 2017, I was commissioned to make three very special stones for a very special place.

This place is Talliston House & Gardens, a three bedroom ex-council house in Essex which has been transformed over 25 years into a magical wonderland. I was already making Talliston Talismans which are sold at the house and online (, but last year I was asked to create these three Sanskrit stones for placement in San Phra Phum, the Cambodian Treehouse Sanctuary at the very top of Talliston.

From start to finish, this was a process of liminality, of borders and thresholds. The stones I used were found on a day at the start of a new year. A day where mist clung to the land and there was no discernable distinction between the earth, sea and sky. We headed to the ocean, to a beach near the Devon/Cornwall border and with the mantra ‘Know Thyself, Trust Thyself, Be Thyself’ turning over in my mind, I let my internal subconscious self override any expectation or longing to find the stones. Connecting to the Genius Loci of the beach, the stones finally came to be in my hands. We left a gift and thanked this spirit of place.

The stones travelled with me across the imaginary line separating England and Scotland. In my Scottish Borders workshop, I spent a number of days consumed in the process of creating the three stones, hand carving the Sanskrit outlines with diamond burrs and my Foredom power carver before using hammer and chisel to bring the mantras into relief.

The stones complete, they travel with us once again, across country and county boundaries to their final destination within Talliston. We spend an amazing evening in the lovely company of John Trevillion and Marcus G J Cotton with a tour of Talliston House & Gardens, and some great food. We climb a ladder from The Hall of Mirrors (Italy, 1992) into the Treehouse Sanctuary (Cambodia, 1965) and pass the stones up. The stones are unwrapped and carefully placed in front of the Buddhist altar, finally in their rightful place after a journey of more than 1000 miles.

If you are lucky enough to visit ‘Britain’s Most Extraordinary Home’ and are permitted to handle the stones, you will see my makers mark on the reverse along with the year ‘1965’. I carved these stones before I was born.

You can read more about these stones in the Summer 2017 edition of Talliston Times, free to download here;

Talliston Times Summer 2017


New Esty Shop

I’ve finally got round to setting up my Etsy shop after many requests and questions regarding the purchase of my work;

I’ve listed some of my new stone stack pendants, rune stones and candle holders as well as the chance to own some of the pieces I have created for exhibitions during the last year.

If you would like me to add anything specific, just let me know (use my contact form or email

I also welcome commissions and personal orders!


Women in Science Rock!

This stone will be making an appearance at two shows in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2017!

Hand carved/enamelled and cut to enable it to sit on display. Made using a Cornish beach stone measuring 70 cm long by 22 cm high (and weighing around 13 Kg).

You can see it at the Scottish Superwomen of Science show on the 25th- 27th August (Venue 67, Valvona and Crolla) and at ‘Women, Science is Not For You III’ on the 25th August at Venue 7 (New Town Theatre);



St Margaret’s Chapel Guild Presentation Plaque

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.




World Enduro Series Trophies

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).





A Cornish Athame

Slate blade hand shaped and polished from a piece of slate found on Tregardock Beach. Handle crafted from Ulex (gorse) wood found on Bodmin Moor (near the Hurlers stone circles).

Measures 21.5 cm in length.
On sale at Boscastle Rocks (or available to order from Hatch, Burn, Carve).





Reclaimed Marble Chopping/Pastry Boards

Once a broken marble fireplace…but after the Hatch, Burn, Carve treatment, now a marble chopping/pastry board!


Hand cut with an angle grinder (boy, that was fun!).
I have two of these for sale, each one approx 35 x 24 cm.


PM me here, or email

Both now SOLD! I’m on the look out for more broken marble though….let me know if you have any and I can buy it from you (and/or make a board in return).


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 in 2015 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.


A Dremel 3000 and a dust extractor nozzle.

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.

Cleaning Slate

Cleaning Slate- I’m often asked how to clean slate, so here are a couple of my top tips;

– slate is a naturally absorbent material and will absorb any liquid and will extract oils/moisture. I have some really cool Cornish sea slate pebbles which will extract moisture from hands as you hold them!

– the simplest way to clean slate is using very hot soapy water- this should remove most stains, especially from newer slate.

– for cheeseboards, an effective way of preventing stains is to rub the whole surface lightly with olive oil. Be aware though- this will not only darken the slate, but also the carvings- they may end up not quite so obvious on the surface.

– for wall plaques/exterior trivets (for non-food items), you can rub lightly with WD-40 (anyone ever wonder what happened to WD-1 to WD-39?!). This really brings out the natural qualities in each slate piece (but again, may darken down some carvings).

– or just leave the slate to age and form a natural patina over the years. The trivets which I use in my kitchen are un-treated, but I think they look great!

– you can even put slate in your dishwasher! BUT- I won’t be responsible for either the slate, or your dishwasher should you want to try this out 😉