This Mani stone commission was carved from a stone I found in my local river, the Leithen Water (a tributary of the River Tweed). It measures around 46 x 26 x 6 cm and weighs 13 Kg.
It was placed by my customer at the base of a memorial tree in Nunhead Cemetery in the London Borough of Southwark. Nunhead is one of the so-called ‘Magnificent Seven’ cemeteries in London (the others being Kensal Green, West Norwood, Highgate, Abney Park, Brompton and Tower Hamlets).
A Mani stone commission from 2019.
Hand carved from a natural stone found in the sea off the coast of Cornwall (measuring approximately 24 x 15 x 5 cm).
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.
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.
I’ve added many new items to my Etsy shop;
New stone stack pendants (handcrafted from stones found in rivers in the Scottish Borders) including this one from the Tima Water (a tributary of the Ettrick Water);
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Green, brass and gold labyrinth plaques (approximately 10 cm squared). Freehand carved, polished and enamelled using professional monument/memorial enamel;
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‘Leaping Salmon’ slate plaques/tiles (©HatchBurnCarve), again, approximately 10 cm squared;
Tibetan Buddhist Om stones;
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Elder Futhark Rune stones. Individually hand carved and enamelled with either red or copper monument/memorial enamel (supplied in a handmade bag);
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‘Golden Bee’ slate wall plaques/tiles (©HatchBurnCarve), approximately 10 cm squared;
A small selection of some recent Mani stones that I’ve been carving. These are hand carved in my workshop in the Scottish Borders from natural stones and sea stones (mantras range from approximately 19 to 25 cm).
I’m the only person in the UK who carves and sells Tibetan Buddhist mantra and syllable stones. I supply Kagyu Samye Ling (the largest Tibetan Buddhist centre in Western Europe) as well as Kagyu Samye Dzong in London and Santosa in Edinburgh.
If you would like me to carve a Tibetan Buddhist stone for you, just get in touch (I usually have a small selection of these in stock, or I can create one for you).
Hand carved in the Scottish Borders from natural Cornish beach stones.
On sale at Kagyu Samye Dzong, London and also available to order direct from Hatch, Burn, Carve.
Tibetan Buddhist house sign (24 x 14 cm). Hand cut, drilled and carved from 1 cm thick slate, and hand painted with gold enamel. Tam syllable design used with kind permission from Tashi Mannox.
I based these skulls on a photograph of an ancient (and very worn) Tibetan Buddhist stone.
These are all freehand carved before sanding/polishing to 1200 grade. Enamelled with professional signwriters enamel before finishing with slate sheen. Sizes range from 7 x 10 cm to 9 x 10.5 cm. Available to buy direct from my Etsy shop.
Carved from hand-cut reclaimed slates (24 x 17 cm), I based these designs on an ancient stone from a book about Tibetan carvings.