All the pieces in the gallery were handmade by myself in my Suffolk workshop. I'm particularly fond of using lime wood, oak and local ash to create my pieces and will often use oil paints for colour or linseed oil to provide protection and bring out the beauty of wood.
The Abbey of St Edmund
This carving of the Abbey of St Edmund was created over a period of around 80 hours over 4 months. I worked closely with The Bury Society, who commissioned this piece, to create a design of how the Abbey may have looked in its heyday.
The mixture of carving to different depths, the perspective, different carving strokes and the oil colours really bring this design to life.
It was featured in Moyse's Hall Museum in Bury St Edmunds in 2021.
These pencil caddies have started to become a series in my studio, you can see the first three designs here. "The Legs of Roaming" I imagine to be scurrying across green hillsides perhaps spilling its contents now n then. "The Nubs" settled firmly on hard ground, maybe holding weapons or valuables and "Caddy Longlegs" built to keep it's contents firmly above above water or perhaps invading armies.
They're all hand carved from Ash sourced locally from Bradfield Woods, a woodland which has been practicing coppicing (cutting back trees or shrubs to stimulate growth) since 1252.
King Edmund the Martyr
Edmund was the King of East Anglia until 869 when the Danes invaded. They ordered him to submit his rule and renounce Christianity or be killed, he refused and was subsequently tied to a tree, shot full of arrows and beheaded. His actions led him to become a Martyr and Saint and his remains were moved to Bury St Edmunds, where his shrine attracted pilgrims from far and wide.
This carving tells the story of the invasion by the Danes, with their leader Ivan the Boneless leading the charge. The centre panel depicts King Edmund's refusal to submit and then his resulting death and legacy. Completed in around 100 hours over 3 months, oil paints were used to bring out similar colours which you would find in medieval artwork.
I've carved signs from all kinds of wood, reclaimed pine from a bed frame, beech, oak, sapele, walnut and more. As you can see they can be used for something as simple as a bedroom door sign, or a welcoming greeting right up to your favourite unwholesome phrase.
Most figures I carve tend to be made from lime wood as it's a very forgiving timber which takes details and paints well. I've made small head carvings right up to detailed full body pieces of art.
My passion lies in creating original pieces of art and I'm working on a series of figures of my own design to be released soon.
Wall art can take many forms, from relatively flat
pieces in frames to heads and hands that emerge from the surface. The woodland carving is, for example, a "flat" piece with flowers and leaves and insects carved in a manner in which they appear to be coming out of the wood. That piece is in fact only 25mm at its thickest point.
Then there's landscape and building carvings which are again relatively flat and make use of perspective to appear more projected from the wall.
Many things can be classed as miniatures but I suppose I would class it as a carving that could fit into your pocket easily.
The great thing about miniatures is that they can be little figures to sit on your desk, they can be pendants, they can be small display items to hang up or even keyrings.
Miniatures can also be part of a larger sculpture, bringing the finer details together to create something your eyes struggle to look away from.