Tag Archives: carved slate

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 hatchburncarve@yahoo.co.uk).



Natural Slate House Sign

A natural slate house sign. Carved and enamelled from a large (and old) piece of Cornish slate (90 x 50 x 6 cm).

This sign required some careful enamelling as we wanted to retain the years of lichen growth on the surface (so no over-painting of the letters).


A Memorial for Otto the Cat

Memorial plaque for a cat named ‘Otto’ (design © HatchBurnCarve).

Freehand carved from a reclaimed roof slate (approximately 40 x 25 cm) and enamelled with copper monument enamel.