Tag Archives: Innerleithen

Stone Stack Pendants

I handcrafted these using raw unpolished stones collected from my local river, the Leithen Water. They’ve been selling almost as fast as I’m making them, but still have some in stock, so message/email me if you’d like one.

 

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‘Sidereal Signs’

‘Sidereal Signs’ (39.5 x 13 cm).
Based on cup and ring markings from ‘the Runic Cross’ (Innerleithen), a cup and ring marked stone found at Lamancha in 1868 (now in the National Museum of Scotland) and a cup and ring marked stone found at Lyne in 1959 (now in Peebles Museum).

Part of ‘A Sense of Place’ exhibition showing in the Tweeddale Museum and Gallery, Peebles from 5th August to 2nd September 2017.

 

‘An Athame for the Leithen’

‘An Athame for the Leithen’ (20 x 3.5 cm). Slate from the disused quarry at Altarstone, Stobo. Wood from one of the old church pews from the Church of Scotland, Innerleithen. Blade carvings replicate the cup and ring markings from the so-called ‘Runic Cross’, now housed in the aforementioned church.

Part of ‘A Sense of Place’ exhibition showing in the Tweeddale Museum and Gallery, Peebles from 5th August to 2nd September 2017.

 

‘Cutting Teeth I’

‘Cutting Teeth I’ (30 x 6 cm). Slate, sheep jawbone and pitch pine resin. Slate from the disused quarry at Altarstone, Stobo. Sheep jawbone found on the slopes of Lee Pen, Innerleithen. Pitch pine resin made traditionally using pine resin from Caberstone Forest, rabbit droppings from Thornielee Forest and charcoal from an old rowan tree in Innerleithen. Part of ‘A Sense of Place’ exhibition showing in the Tweeddale Museum and Gallery, Peebles from 5th August to 2nd September 2017.

 

Moongazing Hound

‘Luna’, the moon gazing hound, who now watches the sky from the garden at Cosaig Self-Catering Cottage in Innerleithen. Design © Hatch, Burn, Carve/Martin Wilson

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I hand carved this from a large natural chunk of Tweed Valley slate, followed by enamelling by hand.

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If you would like me to design and carve a bespoke stone for your garden (or home), please PM me here, or email hatcburncarve@yahoo.co.uk

Natural Stone House Signs

Two large (and extremely heavy!) natural slate stones which I hand carved and hand enamelled for Woodknowe Bed & Breakfast!

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If you would like me to make bespoke house signs, house numbers, stable signs etc, PM me here, or email hatchburncarve@yahoo.co.uk

The ‘Runic Cross’ of Innerleithen

This amazing stone was found in the Leithen Valley in Peeblesshire. There’s neither runes on it, nor is there any evidence it was once a cross…read on…

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The first alleged discovery was made somewhere in the valley and it was held in such regard that it was used by Christians as building material! It was ‘found’ for a second time by Robert Mathison when the church was eventually demolished in 1871. It was previously house in the garden of Robert’s home (called ‘Runic Cross’).

The building of churches on top of sacred sites was common- many old churches are built directly on top of stone circles and monoliths. It was the Christian way to forcibly convert the people of this country to their religion.

I wanted to make some smaller pieces using slate offcuts and to reflect some of our amazingly rich local history. I love cup-and-rings patterns too, so this design was ideal!

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I used the patterns which are on the East and West face of the stone for these pieces.

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We have a lovely local Horticultural Show each year (erm, I’m on the committee!) and I entered one of these into the handicrafts section.

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Yay- I won 3rd prize!!

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Pop into The Framing Gallery on Innerleithen High Street- there’s another for sale in the shop;

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