What we do ........
( This is quite a long page : business comes first,
but for those of you who believe that "all work and no play makes Jack
a dull boy" , we desperately try to avoid this! - It's down at the
bottom of this page, as are the EXTERNAL LINKS ).
Statuary, ornament etc.
click on one of the jobs below to see photographs, details etc.
In the workshop | 1998
projects | Fountains | Hyde
Park Urn | Fireplaces| Statue
of Edward The Confessor| The Royal Exchange |
Stowe Landscape Gardens | Talbot
hound | Gloucester Cathedral
| Llandaff Cathedral | Others
| Woburn Abbey | Coats of
Arms/crests | Obelisks
The search engine below this text is an EXPERIMENTat
the moment. It should allow you to search for anything (carving, gyrocopters,
animals etc.) that you may be interested in on our entire site, or by clicking
on the 'web' button - do an ordinary Internet search too. It may only be
temporary!! We would appreciate any comments on it's usefulness. I suspect
that the existing hypertext links may be simpler!
Affordable replicas of our
It may take a while for
the photos on the 2 pages below to appear, but there is plenty of interesting
text to read while you wait !
* * (click on a photo to see a more detailed photo, history
of the urns, prices etc.) * *
After work - beasts
of the field and fowls of the air
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Mel N Morris Jones, Architectural Carvers,
Barle Crest, 15 Lady Street, Dulverton, Somerset TA22 9DB, U.K.
Tel : 44 (0)1398 323903, Fax : 44 (0)1398 323185
* * please phone us after U.K. working
hours unless directly concerned with work - otherwise we have to put the
chisels down!! * *
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LINKS to other sites of interest to us - and hopefully
to you !
Carving / work sites
- The City&Guilds
of London Art School . . . . . best serious training for prospective
carvers, see our Woburn Abbey page. This City&Guilds
link will take you to their homepage, from their you should search for
carving. This will display both stonecarving,
sculpture and woodcarving - read it all!
- Nick Fairplay's website
. . . . . . . Nick and I first worked together at Westminster Abbey in
the '70s and have remained good friends since then. These days he lives
and works in the USA.
- Walter S Arnold's website
. . . . . rare to find a US carver who knows which way round to hold the
chisels (only joking all you US carvers!). Walter has created his own extremely
professional and well constructed website - puts mine to shame!
- Hestercombe Formal and
Landscape Gardens . . . . . Go there to see in situ the natural stone
Pope's Urn, Friendship Urn and others that we carved - fantastic gardens,
and an excellent website.
- The Exmoor Pony
Society . . . . . find out more about these very rare, great little
- Cotswold Farm
Park . . . . . . . . . The backbone of the UK's rare breeds. A mine
of information and it is well worth visiting the actual farm park as well
as their website.
- return to
'MEL'S GYRO PAGE' . . . . or use your browser's
'back' button to return to the last page viewed.
- The British Rotorcraft Association
(BRA) . . . THE gyro organisation for the U.K. Excellent magazine
free to members. Contact them and get yourself a new comprehensive information
pack about gyros and The BRA - includes a copy of the magazine.
- Hayward Aviation Ltd. were appointed
the BRA official Insurance brokers in 1994. They offer the best value that
we were able to obtain. I (and the BRA) strongly advise ALL gyro pilots
to get Third Party cover. Who can be absolutely certain what will be underneath
them on the day that the engine quits!!??
- Fly Gyro! magazine . . . this is the printed
international gyro magazine which I started partly as a result of the popularity
of "Mel's Gyro Page". Published every 2 months. If you have enjoyed
browsing through "Mel's Gyro Page" but would like a more 'international'
coverage of interesting gyro projects and people - then subscribe online
now! Check out the website please, and don't forget to look at the LINKS page, which is almost
certainly the biggest collection of gyro-related links on the Internet,
and the FORUMS
for discussions, Events, Gyros For Sale etc.
- Waypoint Databank
. . . . . . . Leigh Caudwell's excellent Databank page has all the UK microlight
strips and close-up maps showing their location - plenty that I didn't
know of. PPR is required at ALL
these strips, and don't forget to be a good ambassador for gyros!!
- Crop Circle
Connector . . . . . website showing aerial photos and masses of other
information on all of the latest crop circles in the U.K., especially for
gyro pilots to visit! It is best visited before harvest time for obvious
- Brett Paulin
(Australia) on gyros . . . interesting reading found through the web.
Transcription from a forum 'dialogue' '94. I suggest you 'bookmark' / 'add
to favorites' and read it offline - there is a lot to read.
- Popular Flying Association . .
. . . 99% of all U.K. gyro building and flying takes place through the
PFA. Visit the site!
- Jukka Tervamaki's homepage
. . . a great gyro designer who I would seriously class alongside Wallis
and Bensen. I would kill to fly one of his gyros!! A man ahead of his time.
Download his excellent Gyro Performance Calculations program. Important
tip though: make sure that you use the AEORODYNAMIC PITCH value, and not
the GEOMETRIC PITCH for your rotor - or the result curves will not be correct!
- OakieMike's page . Some
really worthwhile brief explanations about gyros and their flight characteristics
- easily understood by the non-technical!
- North West Gyroplane Club .
UK Club based in beautiful Cumbria. The site has all sorts of information
including weather, NOTAMs, events etc. These lucky folk operate from 2
airfields - one of which they own!
- Dave DeWinter's gyro
site . . . . . long established U.S. site with loads of pages / photos
to interest everyone.
- Popular Rotorcraft Association .
. . the BIG one. The world's largest rotorcraft organization - US based.
- PRA Chapter 13 . .
. . . . . . . some excellent content here. Looks like they have a lot of
- PRA Chapter
9 . . . . . . . . . browsing through their site you can even get yourself
a CD-ROM which includes 1 hour of video clips (including sound) amongst
- ASRA . . . . . . . . . . The
Australian Sport Rotorcraft Association - some good, basic rotor theory
explained here too.
- Club Autogyre St Ciers . . . . .
the French connection. Lots of other interesting European gyro news too.
- U-boat Net
. . . . . see and read all about this fascinating forerunner of our modern
sport gyros - towed behind a U-Boat!
- Aviators Network . . . . . our
ISP - not just for pilots, as they point out. One of the things that I
like about them is that they have human beings who will answer technical
problems - without forcing you to trawl through some vast impersonal forum
where after hours/days online you may possibly come across
what you want, but more likely you will have gone round and round in circles
succeeding only in pulling most of your hair out! Compuserve and others
- Willem Bogaerts Homepage
. . . . In English and Dutch. "The Book of the Autogyro" is very
good - and looks as if it is going to get bigger too!
Wobbly Flyer UK Gyro Page . . A gyroglider website. Good, engineering
stuff with drawings and instructions to download.
- The Mining Company
- Aviation . . . this takes you straight into their rotorcraft links
section. From there try their 'features' page for more gyro content.
- "The Page" . . . . . predominantly a helicopter site from
Argentina - (select English or Spanish). I e-mailed Gustavo "if you
had as much detail on gyros as the excellent and very thorough helicopter
section, then your site would be the ultimate gyro database!" He is
now trying to get more gyro details to achieve this!
- Charlie Alpha's Aviation
Page . . . . well worth a visit. More aviation links than I can count
- even includes my site!
- Pilot magazine . . .
. . one of Europe's largest aviation magazines. Recently awakened to the
joys of flight in autorotation!
- Flyer magazine . . . . . U.K.
magazine which tends to profile the less heavyweight aircraft. 4 'free
landings' vouchers each month at different airfields around the country
- well worth buying for this alone!
- Pegasus Flight Training
(Oxford) . . . why a microlight site? 1) it's a good site. 2) Geoff
has 5day U.K. weather, by city, which usually seems surprisingly accurate.
3) The qualifying cross-country flight for my gyro pilot's licence was
to Enstone Airfield - nostalgia !
- Ultralight on Line .
. . English version of the Italian site. Gyros are classed as ultralights
in Italy - see the review on the VPM M16 2seater gyro.
- Jerry Plottner's
homepage . . . . . . Jerry appreciates autorotation and will e-mail
you (free) a zip file containing his plans for a hand held mini rotor.
- Gyros! Gyros! Gyros!
. . . . . includes ' Why We Love Gyros ' and a short essay
entitled ' A Meditation on Gyros '. - Nothing whatsoever to do with aviation,
but this site may just enrich your worldly knowledge. Apparently gyros
are a delicious type of Greek sandwich ! (mmmmm crunchy!).So if anyone
has tried them and they taste good ... maybe we will put gyros on the menu
at our next fly-in, proving the old saying ' if you can't fly 'em, eat
Gyro builders sites
Some (not all) of the links below require
me to put a link to their websites if I want to have a gyro link placed
on their sites. Most of them are well worth looking at but are not included
in the links shown above simply because they may not usually have much direct
relevance to flying gyros.
- Sparrow Dayton . . . . . .
. Sparrow's well illustrated log of his gyro building experience makes
good reading - the sort of thing that would encourage others to try their
hand at building a gyro too.
- Ken Rehler
. . . . . . . . . . . Here's a really well thought out gyro. Ken knows
exactly what he wants from a gyro and so designs and builds exactly that!
Again, lots of photos. (Too much stick shake on your animated gif though,
- Philip MacCabe . .
. . . . . . Watch the progress on building what is probably my all time
favourite single seat gyro - the Tervamaki JT-5
- Jamie Bodie
. . . . . . . . . Jamie has made a very comprehensive log of the building
of his Mad Max II gyro which culminated in his winning the 'Best Machine'
award at Bensen Days 2000. Lots of 'thumbnail' photos which enable you
to click on them and see the full sized photos.
AvStop , Clean, fresh looking new online
aviation magazine and news - very promising!
Aeropages , South African website
with plenty of interesting and unusual aviation content. Interesting way
of presenting their information too.
AVweb , Internet aviation magazine
and news service.