These monoliths were cut, carved, enamelled and polished from 2.5 cm thick slabs of reclaimed building cladding. From start to finish, this was a project of intense concentration and precise measurements until their final installation in a garden in Devon.
The above image shows the three syllables chiselled out and in the process of adding relief ‘detailing’ with my Foredom.
The above image shows the Hung syllable after carving the ‘detailing’.
The Hung syllable after polishing and adding three coats of signwriters/monument enamel.
After carefully transporting the three stones over a journey of 400 miles, my wife and I spent around 10 hours digging the trench (in appalling ground conditions!) for the installation. Firstly, the plinths were assembled- these were pre-cut slate slabs and monoblocks adhered using CT-1 construction adhesive;
Once in place and all levels were correct, the trench was filled with concrete;
The ground was returned to the original state, wrappings removed and the stones unveiled;
A stable sign for Hugo the horse (30 x 25 cm). Hand carved from a reclaimed roof slate.
Design © Hatch, Burn, Carve.
Pictish stag slate wall plaque, freehand carved and enamelled (15 x 16 cm). Based on the carving from a Class I Pictish stone from Grantown on Spey (now housed in the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh).
This one is now sold (and with a customer from Grantown on Spey!), but I will be making more and they are available to order.
I based these skulls on a photograph of an ancient (and very worn) Tibetan Buddhist stone.
These are all freehand carved before sanding/polishing to 1200 grade. Enamelled with professional signwriters enamel before finishing with slate sheen. Sizes range from 7 x 10 cm to 9 x 10.5 cm. Available to buy now.
As the last two relief carved Pictish boar wall plaques sold within minutes of posting to my Facebook page, I’ve since made two more. Available to buy direct from Hatch, Burn, Carve (message me or email email@example.com).
Carved from hand-cut reclaimed slates (24 x 17 cm), I based these designs on an ancient stone from a book about Tibetan carvings.
Digging through my archive of images, I realised that I forgot to post these. A set of trophies for the World Enduro Series 2015 which was part of the Tweedlove bike festival. I created designs based on three animals found in the Tweed Valley, namely red squirrel, osprey and salmon (designs © Hatch, Burn, Carve/Martin Wilson).
This one is now in California!
Freehand carved and gold enamelled Pictish beastie wall plaque.
I made this memorial stone for my Mum and Grandparents.
Hand carved and gold enamelled from a reclaimed hearth stone.
These seahorses are found on the Class II Pictish Cross Slab known as ‘Aberlemno No. 2’
Hand carved from (an approximately 300 year old) Cornish roof slate. Then hand enamelled in two colours.
This piece was recently sold from Canongate Jerseys and Crafts, but I can make these to order- message me or email firstname.lastname@example.org