It’s a Hoot at Sewerby

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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Making a Start at Sewerby Hall

A huge 150 year-old Monkey Puzzle tree blew down at Sewerby Hall, near Bridlington last March; Yarburgh Lloyd-Greame planted this (and the others on site) in 1868 with seeds brought back from South America, and when the vicious winds swept it over the decision was made to use the timber to enhance part of the […]

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A Hare’s Breadth

The hare on the opposite side of the throne was a straight forward relief carving on a flat area; the timber was so nice and clean to work with I could get some good shape on the hare’s back and face. With the hare finished the throne was complete. Many thanks to Mark and Kym […]

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