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.
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 (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’).
Red star stone (15 x 16 cm). Freehand carved from a natural Cornish sea stone.
Placed on a friends memorial cairn.
‘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;
A heart-shaped memorial (26 x 21 cm). Hand shaped, carved and polished.
Pictish boar stones. Hand carved from natural Tweed Valley stones. On sale at Kilmartin Museum shop and available to order direct (please use the contact form, or email firstname.lastname@example.org).
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).
These are hand carved and enamelled from Leithen Water stones (my local river that flows into the Tweed). Design ©HatchBurnCarve.
All of these have been sold, but I will be making more to be listed in my Etsy shop. You can also order these direct from me (and I can make to your specifications- pendant length, enamel colour, etc)- just use the contact form on my page, or email email@example.com.