Happy Faces at Mires Beck!

Happy Faces at Mires Beck!

Today saw the last session of the three-Saturday-long carving workshop at Mires Beck Nursery, North Cave; everyone went home tired but happy, and reflecting on the hard work that turned a plain log into a beautifully carved sculpture! The best part ~ posing with the finished carvings…. And finally ~ nearly there, Steve……..and…. …….FINISHED!!! Of […]

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Midway at Mires Beck

The second of the three days at Mires Beck for the carving course, and everyone is making good progress ~ no panic (yet!)… Every year the carving course at Mires Beck gives us the opportunity to appreciate the surroundings in different light, different weather and sometimes different seasons; here are a few pictures of the […]

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It’s a Hoot at Sewerby

Panel number six at Sewerby Hall features a barn owl and a quote by Albert Einstein: “Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better.” Now there’s a group of panels finished the area has more of a visual impact, with visitors drawn down the woodland walk; many have commented that the quotes […]

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Mires Beck Carving Course: Week 1

Back to Mires Beck, North Cave, East Yorkshire, for the first week of the carving course. Incredibly, it’s a year since the last one ~ time really is racing by! As usual the participants began quite tentatively before growing in confidence, ending the day carving furiously; here are some photos: More next week!

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The Choice is Ours

The next Sewerby Hall panel features a poignant quote from Sir David Attenborough: “We can destroy, or we can cherish ~ the choice is ours.” For such powerful words and also because of the position of the piece (quite central on the trail, in a bright spot not overshadowed by trees) I decided to carve […]

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The Secret is Patience…

The fourth panel at Sewerby Hall, and quite a tricky one ~ full of branch-knots and along the centre a deep strip of the cork-like pith: positioning the text and the wildlife carving would take some thought. There was only one place for the carving ~ a snail, this time ~ and it meant part […]

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Some Proper Pictures

It will come as no surprise to anyone that these pages are usually filled with photographs taken on my £7.50-a-month mobile phone, which is invariably covered in sanding-dust, honing oil and (at the moment) cough-sweet wrappers. As such they aren’t exactly up there with your David Baileys and the rest. It was therefore more than […]

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I Like This Place…

On to the third panel on a scorching, busy Bank Holiday Weekend, this time with a curled-up, content-looking fox; the text to be carved next to it was, “I like this place and willingly could waste my time in it” ( from Shakespeare’s “As You Like It”). I had compiled a list of the 14 […]

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Mires Beck Carving Course ~ Coming Soon!

The annual carving course at Mires Beck, North Cave, East Yorkshire is on the horizon ~ three consecutive Saturdays, 10am til 3pm all tools and materials included. Join a relaxed, friendly group atmosphere with no pressure and plenty of one-to-one tuition. Take home a log carving for your garden, or create a unique gift ~ […]

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Mighty Oaks From Little Acorns Grow

On to the second panel at Sewerby Hall, a smaller slice of the Monkey Puzzle this time and so a smaller carved illustration and shorter text ~ “Mighty oaks from little acorns grow” with some oak leaves and acorns where space would allow. I popped into the walled garden before starting, whilst there was no-one […]

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