A very special roof slate.
It was an honour to be asked to carve this presentation plaque for St Margaret’s Chapel Guild.
St Margaret’s Chapel is the oldest building in Edinburgh (within Edinburgh Castle) dating back to the 12th Century. This slate was from the re-roofing in the mid-1800’s. Coat of arms measures 20 cm high and lettering on the scroll was 3 mm.
This was a request for someone living in a place called Fawn Cottage- so I thought, well, Pictish Stag!
I carved this one in March 2012- still a hobby back then, still using metal burrs, so lines still a bit shaky! The person was very pleased though 🙂
The stag is from a Class I Pictish Stone from Grantown-On-Spey and was originally found at a place called Cnoc-an-fruich (Freuchies or Frenchies Hillock).
It’s now housed in the National Museum Of Scotland in Edinburgh.
One of the first pieces I carved back in 2011 (when this was still a hobby and my lines were still shaky!).
It’s based on a Luckenbooth design. These traditional Scottish love-tokens were made and sold on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. In folklore, these were also worn by nursing mothers and also known as ‘Witch-Brooches’ to protect children from the evil eye.