Tag Archives: Cornish 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;

 

 

‘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.

 

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).

 

Serpentine Pendants

All of these serpentine pendants (and more) are listed for sale in my Etsy shop- just follow this link;

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/HatchBurnCarve?section_id=25592326

On various journeys down to the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall, we picked up and bought a few pieces of pebble sized (and larger) serpentine. Having stored them outside my workshop for a couple of years, I finally had a chance to start working on them before Christmas 2018.

I started these pendants by coring with diamond corers and shaping each piece with diamond burrs, files and wet and dry paper. I then hand polished the surface and the cored sections of each stone with 1200 grade wet and dry paper.

Once I had the desired rough shapes of each stone, these were placed in my stone tumbler for just over a week with an increasing fineness of polishing compound.

After the process of stone polishing, the serpentine was ‘burnished’ and each stone was hand polished with a lint-free cloth to give a mirror-like finish.

The pendants are assembled using natural 2 mm leather and tied using double slip-knots for an adjustable drop length.

 

 

‘Luna 2’ Moon Gazing Hound Stone

Another ‘Luna’ hound stone (47×30 cm). Hand carved and enamelled from a natural Cornish beach stone. Design © Hatch, Burn, Carve.

 

Om Ah Hung Stones

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.

 

Sanskrit Stones For Talliston House & Gardens: A Liminal Journey

In 2017, I was commissioned to make three very special stones for a very special place.

This place is Talliston House & Gardens, a three bedroom ex-council house in Essex which has been transformed over 25 years into a magical wonderland. I was already making Talliston Talismans which are sold at the house and online (https://folksy.com/shops/Talliston/collections/254123-talliston-talismans), but last year I was asked to create these three Sanskrit stones for placement in San Phra Phum, the Cambodian Treehouse Sanctuary at the very top of Talliston.

From start to finish, this was a process of liminality, of borders and thresholds. The stones I used were found on a day at the start of a new year. A day where mist clung to the land and there was no discernable distinction between the earth, sea and sky. We headed to the ocean, to a beach near the Devon/Cornwall border and with the mantra ‘Know Thyself, Trust Thyself, Be Thyself’ turning over in my mind, I let my internal subconscious self override any expectation or longing to find the stones. Connecting to the Genius Loci of the beach, the stones finally came to be in my hands. We left a gift and thanked this spirit of place.

The stones travelled with me across the imaginary line separating England and Scotland. In my Scottish Borders workshop, I spent a number of days consumed in the process of creating the three stones, hand carving the Sanskrit outlines with diamond burrs and my Foredom power carver before using hammer and chisel to bring the mantras into relief.

The stones complete, they travel with us once again, across country and county boundaries to their final destination within Talliston. We spend an amazing evening in the lovely company of John Trevillion and Marcus G J Cotton with a tour of Talliston House & Gardens, and some great food. We climb a ladder from The Hall of Mirrors (Italy, 1992) into the Treehouse Sanctuary (Cambodia, 1965) and pass the stones up. The stones are unwrapped and carefully placed in front of the Buddhist altar, finally in their rightful place after a journey of more than 1000 miles.

If you are lucky enough to visit ‘Britain’s Most Extraordinary Home’ and are permitted to handle the stones, you will see my makers mark on the reverse along with the year ‘1965’. I carved these stones before I was born.

You can read more about these stones in the Summer 2017 edition of Talliston Times, free to download here;

Talliston Times Summer 2017

New Etsy Shop

I’ve finally got round to setting up my Etsy shop after many requests and questions regarding the purchase of my work;

https://www.etsy.com/shop/HatchBurnCarve

I’ve listed some of my new stone stack pendants, rune stones and candle holders as well as the chance to own some of the pieces I have created for exhibitions during the last year.

If you would like me to add anything specific, just let me know (use my contact form or email hatchburncarve@yahoo.co.uk).

I also welcome commissions and personal orders!

 

‘Bronze, Bone and Silence’

‘Bronze, Bone and Silence’

Reclaimed slate hearth stone, Cornish beach stones, wood. 37.2 x 23.1 x 17.0 cm.
Insertion of a short cist burial in a stone setting. The skeleton is a reflection upon burials such as those found at Newhaven in Edinburgh and Cladh Hallan in South Uist. The stones around are carved with cup and ring markings based on prominent constellations seen in the skies above Scotland during the four seasons (Orion in Winter, Leo in Spring, Cygnus in Summer and Perseus in Autumn). The style of cup and ring markings reflects those found at Ballymeanoch Stone Row and Nether Largie Standing Stones in Kilmartin Glen. Dimensions of the wooden base correspond to the Golden Ratio/Phi.
This was included in the ‘Shambhala at Shambellie’ exhibition at Shambellie House, New Abbey nr Dumfries (17th to 29th August 2017).

The Orion Stone

The Leo Stone

The Cygnus Stone

The Perseus Stone

Close up of the skeleton