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;
Recently created another ‘Luna’ stone. Hand carved (and enamelled) from a natural Cornish beach stone (approximately 47 x 30 cm). Design © Hatch, Burn, Carve/Martin Wilson.
Commissioned stone to be placed in a prayer garden in Somerset.
Central relief carved Tam syllable (used with kind permission from Tashi Mannox) with three symbols and Sanskrit Om. Hand carved and enamelled from hearth stone (45 cm squared).
After many hours of planning, design, cutting, wood-carving, slate-carving, I finally installed this in the customer’s garden last week!
Assembled using half-lap joints, dowels and Gorilla Glue- I made this without using a single screw and the only nails are in the framing around the dragon head (design © Hatch, Burn, Carve/Martin Wilson).
I based the design on the drawing and brief supplied, but I also used Phi (the Golden Ratio) to work out proportions and dimensions.
The details in the wood are all hand-carved. Marbles have been embedded in the wood to catch the sun and light up like LED’s!
If you would like a truly individual garden gate, please PM me or email email@example.com and we can discuss your ideas
The dragon head after carving and before inserting into the gate.
Carving the details into the wood.
Assembly of the gate.
My largest (and most ambitious) project yet!
Here it is in place (and before the customer stained/preserved it);
After much mathematics and large scale 3-D wooden jigsaw puzzling (and four solid days of work), I recently installed this in the clients garden. We were both well chuffed!
The carved swallow insert (© Hatch, Burn, Carve/Martin Wilson);
The gate during construction;
If you would like me to create a unique piece of art for your garden entrance, please PM me here, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As an avid collector of slate, I often end up with large amounts which are not suitable for either carving or for making roofs. So, instead, I make these! Slate pyramids! Not only do they look cool, they provide layer upon layer of microhabitat for garden insects.
View your garden as a complete ecosystem made up from niches each of which will be inhabited by insects, animals, birds. By caring for the smallest of creatures, you are providing the very basis of grounding for your whole garden. Get out there. Get mud under your fingernails.
I can make these to order too! Just drop me a comment….