For the last 20 years the small, North Somerset village of Kilmersdon has probably produced more fine quality carving work than anywhere else in the UK - well I can't think of anywhere else (- it needs updating but have a read through our Recent Works list to read just some of them). 20 years with not a single recorded complaint from anyone despite the close proximity of neighbouring residents and the church in this Conservation Area village! The bad news is that this photo shows the last ever carvings being loaded up for transport to Petworth House in Sussex. The good news is that we are moving to a bigger, potentially much better studio in Dulverton on the edge of Exmoor - but still in Somerset! There will be a lot of work to do to convert the new studio but it is an exciting challenge, and I hope that the good people of Dulverton will be as supportive to us as those of Kilmersdon have been.
The top two sections of the 3 very large 'Pope's Urns' which we have been carving for Petworth House in Sussex. The stone is a type of Bath Stone known as Elm Park and in this photo the carving on the top stone has only just begun, with much of the ornament being completely uncarved or just drawn on in pencil. The height of these urns is approximately 6ft (2metres), and we have been copying the existing urns that are situated on either side of the house. You can see one of the completed urns standing outside the studio ready to be wrapped in cellophane for the journey by road to Petworth by clicking HERE (set your browser to 'full screen' as it is a tall photo). Then use your browser's 'BACK' button to return here.
You can see photos of our own smaller cast Pope's Urn, which was taken from our carved urn for Hestercombe House, by clicking on the 'What we do...' link at the bottom of this page. To see work in progress in the studio on these large urns Click on the photo above (36.1KB) - then use your browser's 'BACK' button to return here.
Here's a photo showing the carving of the Kilmersdon Village Millennium Plaque - which was being carved in our studio a short while ago, but is now shown built-in and displayed on the outside wall of the studio (a former coach house) with the wording "to the hill" and a pointing hand beneath it - the building being the first in the lane which leads to the famous hill (and yes, there is a well at the top!). Kilmersdon is the village where the childrens nursery rhyme "Jack and Jill went up the hill . . . ." is supposed to have originated. The Millennium project involved restoration of the well, clearing a way through the old overgrown road leading to the top of the hill, this plaque and another slate one at the top of the hill where the village school now stands.
If your village, town, city or house needs to mark the new millennium - there is still time! Get in touch with us for something special to mark the occasion!
Harry working on a Doulting limestone jamb - part of a huge fireplace
for a Scottish Castle. Click on the photo only if you want to see some
of the stones about to be sent off in the back of our truck (-then use your
browser's 'BACK' button to return here). Where you can see the numbers
1,2,3 written on one of the stones in the second photo represents the position
where we will be inserting some marble shields, quartered in different types
of marble. I will try and get a photo of the fireplace fixed in position
to put on this page. These were the stones which people visiting 'Art in
Action' 1999 saw us carving at Waterperry House, near Oxford. What an amazing
showcase of talent 'Art in Action' is!
This "dolphin"/fish/creature was modelled in clay and cast in resin as a faux (pretend) waterspout to fill a swimming pool. This is our spare one photographed on the workshop floor and shows the ragged surround to the base before being cut away - it will soon be fixed to the wall as a fancy hook for our electrical leads! It is 320mm in length (just over 1 foot).
Part of a large marble urn which is going to receive some tender loving care - it has had a tough time with Mother Nature! Even in this low resolution photo you may be able to see a large crack visible at the top centre of the urn which extends nearly to the bottom, following the contours of the carving. There are several others too!
Although we are more likely to be found carving urns like this, one of the fields that we are becoming more and more involved with is that of security for works of art. In this case the conservation of the urn is a 'spinoff' from this process. Click on the photo above to see this main part of the urn completed (31.6KB) and about to be crated up ready to be put in storage - then use your browser's 'BACK' button to return here.
We had an unpleasant surprise when we removed the wooden 'lid' from the top of this urn, as there was a large wasp nest attached to the underside! Click on the photo below only if you would like to see another photo showing the cladding process - then use your browser's 'BACK' button to return here.
The symbol of the cross should be apparent here, and in the background of the same panel you may notice the shimmering of whirling rotor blades (if you use your imagination!). This was carved for a friend for whom gyrocopters played a very big part of his life.
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