Carving at the Mushroom Works 26th & 27th Jan ’13

Thanks once again to Nick James at the Mushroom Works in Newcastle for organising a successful weekend of carving courses. The weather was a bit snowy up there in the North East, but everyone made it to the venue and there was some really excellent work. Linda (whose husband is a physicist) made Einstein’s field equation – the  first time we have seen a scientific formula in stone at one of our courses! I think you’ll agree it’s very original and also very impressive work for someone new to carving to achieve this in a day.Linda followed this up with a horse relief on the second day. Ian also did a lettering piece on the Saturday, he did eight letters – ‘SLOW FAST‘ and executed them with precision and style.

Ian's lettering

Linda's Einstein lettering

January carving students

Hugo spent two days carving with us back in the Autumn and popped back last weekend to finish off his project. He’s made a really skillful Celtic cross that will be gracing his garden in Lostwithiel. Pete roughed out the base of the cross, the rest of the work is all Hugo’s. The knot work has really good precision and crisp lines and a pecked background texture that looks very effective. Hugo had not tried carving before and his piece demonstrates what can be achieved with a bit of hard work and determination!

Peter also joined us for a day last weekend – for a taster day given as a Christmas present. He decided to make a house number for his parents and give it back to them as a present. Peter achieved a very professional looking lettering piece, spelling out ‘NINE’ in letters based on the classic Trajan alphabet. We hope to see Peter back before too long, and his dad might be paying us a visit too!


An important arrival

Pete went up to Portland in Dorset last week to collect a piece of stone that will become the lion carving. There’s a photo of the clay model for the lion on our facebook page. It will be quite a large piece, and is going to be on show at the Delamore Arts outdoor sculpture show in May. It was also a good opportunity to pick up numerous small pieces of Portland stone for students to work on. Many of Pete’s carvings are made from ‘found’ pieces of stone but this one requires bespoke material because of its size. A couple of years ago he made a dragon’s head out of a similar sized piece of Portland. We reckon the stone weighed about 400kg – shifting this from the van to the workshop area was a delicate operation!

Christmas carving days

Tracy and Roger visited us from Surrey just after Christmas for a festive carving break – for Roger’s surprise Christmas present. Both Tracy and Roger got stuck in for a good day and a half of carving and made a seated figure and a shell & starfish relief. It is always rewarding to see how much new carvers can achieve in a short space of time.

Pete with Roger in the workshop

Work in progress

Pete has recently completed a carving of a crow in Cornish Schorl, which is black tourmaline sometimes found alongside granite in the county. He has also made a clay model for a large carving of a lion’s head which will be carved in Portland stone for the outdoor exhibition at Delamore Arts in Devon this May. The lion is pictured in the photos of Lostwithiel Dickensian evening in the post below. For images of work in progress, you can follow us on facebook or twitter (links at the bottom of the page). Images of completed work go up on Pete’s personal website.

Lostwithiel Dickensian Evening

We had a brilliant time at Lostwithiel Dickensian Evening on 13th December. The whole town was buzzing with the shops open late, mulled wine being dispensed liberally and all the shop owners dressed up in Victorian constume, there were some very convincing Dickensian characters on show! Fore Street was full of people with food stalls and carol singers keeping everyone entertained. We had a stand in the Church Rooms with several other local art/craft and food businesses and the venue was packed for the whole evening. We met loads of people and had a really great response to the carvings, especially the lion maquette which was a big hit with all the children and the crow carving. Lots of interest in taster days too and we are looking forward to quite a few people coming to visit us in the New Year. Big thanks to the organisers and we look forward to doing it again next Christmas.