These monoliths were cut, carved, enamelled and polished from 2.5 cm thick slabs of reclaimed building cladding. From start to finish, this was a project of intense concentration and precise measurements until their final installation in a garden in Devon.
The above image shows the three syllables chiselled out and in the process of adding relief ‘detailing’ with my Foredom.
The above image shows the Hung syllable after carving the ‘detailing’.
The Hung syllable after polishing and adding three coats of signwriters/monument enamel.
After carefully transporting the three stones over a journey of 400 miles, my wife and I spent around 10 hours digging the trench (in appalling ground conditions!) for the installation. Firstly, the plinths were assembled- these were pre-cut slate slabs and monoblocks adhered using CT-1 construction adhesive;
Once in place and all levels were correct, the trench was filled with concrete;
The ground was returned to the original state, wrappings removed and the stones unveiled;
After many hours of planning, design, cutting, wood-carving and slate-carving, I finally installed this in the customer’s garden last week.
Assembled using half-lap joints, dowels and Gorilla Glue- I made this without using a single screw and the only nails are in the framing around the dragon head (design © Hatch, Burn, Carve/Martin Wilson).
I based the design on the drawing and brief supplied, but I also used Phi (the Golden Ratio) to work out proportions and dimensions.
The details in the wood are all hand-carved. Marbles have been embedded in the wood to catch the sun and light up like LED’s.
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The dragon head after carving and before inserting into the gate.
Carving the details into the wood.
Assembly of the gate.
A hand crafted garden gate from 2014.
Here it is in place (and before the customer stained/preserved it);
This took a fair amount of mathematics and four full days of work before installation.
The carved swallow insert (© Hatch, Burn, Carve/Martin Wilson);
The gate during construction. This was made using lap joints and dowels (not a single screw or nail was used);
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After carving the Uffington horse for a stable sign, I wanted to do more in the way of chalk hill figures.
In 2014, I was given this very large (and heavy) Cornish roof slate (60 x 40 cm), so it was the ideal media to carve a representation of the Long Man of Wilmington.
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Here’s the slate after carving and the beginning of enamelling the piece by hand;
Hours of careful enamelling, and the Long Man is finished;
As I rarely turn down an offer of reclaimed slate, I often end up with large amounts that are not suitable for carving or making roofs on birdhouses/wood stores. Part of the ethos of HatchBurnCarve is to reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill, so I try to use as much of my collected material as I can.
Although some slates are unsuitable for carving, they can still be used to create pieces such as slate pyramids. Tucked away in a corner of a garden (or in the middle of a bed or border) they provide layer upon layer of microhabitat for garden insects and larvae.
I view a garden as a complete ecosystem made up from niches, each of which will be inhabited by insects, animals, birds. By caring for the smallest of creatures, you are providing the very basis of grounding for your whole garden. Get out there. Get mud under your fingernails.
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