Tag Archives: Edinburgh

St Margaret’s Chapel Guild Presentation Plaque

A very special roof slate.
It was an honour to be asked to carve this presentation plaque for St Margaret’s Chapel Guild.

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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.

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A Pictish Stag For Fawn Cottage

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 🙂Image

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.

Luckenbooth Wall Plaque

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.