Tag Archives: Carved stone

Sea and River Rune Stones

Sets of 25 hand carved Elder Futhark rune stones (one blank), each contained in a handmade bag (kindly made by my wife).

I sourced these stones from various places on my travels around the country, and brought them back to my workshop in the Scottish Borders. The white stones were found in the sea off the coast of southern England, whilst the other sets were made from stones that I carefully and respectfully collected from the River Valency at Boscastle, and the Trevillet River near St Nectan’s Glen (both locations in Cornwall).

After carving the white stones, the runes are filled with either red or copper monument enamel. All sets are left intentionally unsealed.

I’ve listed some of these in my Etsy shop- just follow this link.

Red Elder Futhark Runes;

Copper Elder Futhark Rune Stones;

River Valency (Boscastle) Rune Stones;

Trevillet River (nr St Nectan’s Glen) Rune Stones;



A Mani Stone for Nunhead Cemetery

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).


Hand Carved House Sign

This was the last piece I made in 2019. This hand carved slate house sign (23 x 13 cm) was cut from a 1 cm slab using my wet stone saw, freehand carved, and enamelled with five coats of 1-Shot monument/signwriters enamel. It was finally polished using a number of grades of wet and dry paper.


A Stable Sign for Sokrates

This design (© HatchBurnCarve) was based on a tolting Icelandic horse with added Pictish/Celtic spirals.

Hand carved from a reclaimed roof slate (30 x 25 cm), enamelled with professional copper monument/memorial enamel, and finally hand polished.

Ardross Pictish Wolf Pendant

Quite possibly the smallest carving I’ve made to date. This pendant measures around 3 cm in diameter. This was carved using needle-point carving burrs from a stone I found on Bude beach in North Cornwall.

Natural Memorial Stone

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.


Mani Stone with Tibetan Snow Lion

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.










‘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’).