‘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
This stone will be making an appearance at two shows in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2017!
Hand carved/enamelled and cut to enable it to sit on display. Made using a Cornish beach stone measuring 70 cm long by 22 cm high (and weighing around 13 Kg).
You can see it at the Scottish Superwomen of Science show on the 25th- 27th August (Venue 67, Valvona and Crolla) and at ‘Women, Science is Not For You III’ on the 25th August at Venue 7 (New Town Theatre);
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.