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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;







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.


Hand crafted slate house numbers

Two hand crafted slate and enamel house numbers which I made recently.
Hand-carved from reclaimed roof slate and then hand-enamelled.

I can post/courier these UK wide.


PM me here if you would like me to craft one for you, or email hatchburncarve@yahoo.co.uk


Pictish Horse Stable Sign

This stable sign was based on the Pictish horse design from the Class I Symbol Stone in Inverurie (but with added ‘spots’ as Blackjack has these!).


This was carved into a reclaimed roof slate and hand-enamelled.


If you would like a bespoke stable sign, then please message me here or email hatchburncarve@yahoo.co.uk


Icelandic Horses Stable Signs

I was asked to create matching stable signs for two Icelandic Horses- ‘Ess’ and ‘Lyfting’.

I drew the horse head, adding some classic Pictish spirals and carved these into two reclaimed roof slates (design © Hatch, Burn, Carve/Martin Wilson). These were then hand-enamelled.



Here’s one of my original drawings (note that these are my own design and therefore subject to copyright);


I can draw/design, carve and enamel bespoke stable signs for your horse-  please PM me here, or email hatchburncarve@yahoo.co.uk


Rose Cottage

A recent house name commission- this was carved into a piece of reclaimed snooker table base.


The customer wanted a Charles Rennie Mackintosh design- with a classic CRM rose (of course!).

Here it is in the process of being hand-enamelled in the studio;


I can courier these UK wide for approximately £11 (depending on your location). PM me here, or email hatchburncarve@yahoo.co.uk

Tattoos in Slate

I love a bit of ink 😉

This board was one of my most challenging designs to date (but I love a challenge too!). This cheeseboard was a present for a couple who each had very distinctive tattoos.



Here’s the tattoo;

photo 1

The salmon fly;


And the original tattoo design;

Fly tattoo

Would you like to see your tattoo in slate? Wall plaques, garden stones, cheeseboards, etc- the choice is yours! Just PM me here or email hatchburncarve@yahoo.co.uk

Remember, tattoos are for life, slate is for many lifetimes 😉

Custom Made House Sign

My own custom design (bees © Hatch, Burn, Carve/Martin Wilson), hand-carved into a section of reclaimed slate fireplace and hand enamelled.

This is the starting material and my original design;


The customer and myself were really pleased with the final piece! Here’s the slate after carving and before enamelling;


If you would like a unique house-sign made (not one of those boring run-of-the-mill machine cut and made mass produced items), then please PM me here or email hatchburncarve@yahoo.co.uk.  I can courier UK wide for approximately £11 (depending on your location).

House names and numbers: I know where you stay!

As I live tucked away in a rather, erm, tucked away street, I put my carving skills to good use and made this house name/number plaque.

Done completely freehand using chalk pencils- here’s the first sketch directly onto slate;


Next stage- carving;


Before cleaning, washing and drying- ready for painting with exterior gloss;


In true Blue Peter style- here’s one I made earlier (for my previous house, when this was still a hobby for me and my lines were still a bit shaky!);


Do you want a truly individual house name/number plaque custom made for you?

Leave a comment or email me;