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Om Ah Hung Slate Monoliths

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;

 

 

 

 

 

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A Stable Sign for Hugo

A stable sign for Hugo the horse (30 x 25 cm). Hand carved from a reclaimed roof slate.

Design © Hatch, Burn, Carve.

 

‘Luna 2’ Moon Gazing Hound Stone

Another ‘Luna’ hound stone (47×30 cm). Hand carved and enamelled from a natural Cornish beach stone. Design © Hatch, Burn, Carve.

 

Om Ah Hung Stones

Hand carved in the Scottish Borders from natural Cornish beach stones.

On sale at Kagyu Samye Dzong, London and also available to order direct from Hatch, Burn, Carve.

 

Pictish Stag Slate Plaque

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.

 

Sanskrit Stones For Talliston House & Gardens: A Liminal Journey

In 2017, I was commissioned to make three very special stones for a very special place.

This place is Talliston House & Gardens, a three bedroom ex-council house in Essex which has been transformed over 25 years into a magical wonderland. I was already making Talliston Talismans which are sold at the house and online (https://folksy.com/shops/Talliston/collections/254123-talliston-talismans), but last year I was asked to create these three Sanskrit stones for placement in San Phra Phum, the Cambodian Treehouse Sanctuary at the very top of Talliston.

From start to finish, this was a process of liminality, of borders and thresholds. The stones I used were found on a day at the start of a new year. A day where mist clung to the land and there was no discernable distinction between the earth, sea and sky. We headed to the ocean, to a beach near the Devon/Cornwall border and with the mantra ‘Know Thyself, Trust Thyself, Be Thyself’ turning over in my mind, I let my internal subconscious self override any expectation or longing to find the stones. Connecting to the Genius Loci of the beach, the stones finally came to be in my hands. We left a gift and thanked this spirit of place.

The stones travelled with me across the imaginary line separating England and Scotland. In my Scottish Borders workshop, I spent a number of days consumed in the process of creating the three stones, hand carving the Sanskrit outlines with diamond burrs and my Foredom power carver before using hammer and chisel to bring the mantras into relief.

The stones complete, they travel with us once again, across country and county boundaries to their final destination within Talliston. We spend an amazing evening in the lovely company of John Trevillion and Marcus G J Cotton with a tour of Talliston House & Gardens, and some great food. We climb a ladder from The Hall of Mirrors (Italy, 1992) into the Treehouse Sanctuary (Cambodia, 1965) and pass the stones up. The stones are unwrapped and carefully placed in front of the Buddhist altar, finally in their rightful place after a journey of more than 1000 miles.

If you are lucky enough to visit ‘Britain’s Most Extraordinary Home’ and are permitted to handle the stones, you will see my makers mark on the reverse along with the year ‘1965’. I carved these stones before I was born.

You can read more about these stones in the Summer 2017 edition of Talliston Times, free to download here;

Talliston Times Summer 2017

A Cornish Athame

Slate blade hand shaped and polished from a piece of slate found on Tregardock Beach. Handle crafted from Ulex (gorse) wood found on Bodmin Moor (near the Hurlers stone circles).

Measures 21.5 cm in length.
On sale at Boscastle Rocks (or available to order from Hatch, Burn, Carve).

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New ‘Time Gazer’ Wall Plaques

Four new ‘Time Gazer’ wall plaques, recently delivered and on sale now at Kilmartin Museum shop.
Exclusive design for Kilmartin Museum and © Hatch, Burn, Carve/Martin Wilson 2016.

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