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.
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).
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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).
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.
The 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.
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.
Hatch Burn Carve now has a Folksy Shop!!
I’ve put a few items up just now, but more to come.
You can now buy direct from me using Paypal.
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 😉
Ah, now that the festive period is over, I can catch up with postings!
A huge thank you to everyone who came along to the events and supported me, bought items, placed orders or even just made me a cup of tea 😉
Thanks also to St. Ronan’s PTA for organising the Fayre and the team behind the ever wonderful Switched On Sunday.
Here’s the Hatch Burn Carve stall at our local school Xmas Fayre-
My lovely table covering designed and made by Vanessa at Jelly;
Not only slate, but candles and napkin rings from B’s Wax Candles;
A couple of weeks later, I had a pop-up-shop in Innerleithen High Street (thanks to RF Blackhall for the use of their premises for a day). I had great fun playing shopkeeper!
Pop in to the Hatch Burn Carve pop-up-shop this Sunday 8th Dec 2013 in Innerleithen High Street!
My friends Davy and Jane run The Framing Gallery on the High Street in Innerleithen.
They kindly agreed to stock some of my pieces!
Here’s two I made earlier ready for the shops with my recycled tags. I’m including protective feet with the slates- leaving it up to their owners if they would like to use them indoors or outdoors!