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New website

New website

You've probably already noticed that this is my new website. My old one was getting a bit clunky and was suffering from not being well attended. I hope you like the new one and find it useful when considering a new commission.

Newtonmore progress

Newtonmore progress

Despite some things being a bit slower than usual due to COVID 19, progress is being made on various aspects of the art installation for Newtonmore village. Several large boulders have been man-handled from the middle of fields for the Pictish standing stones. Lots of...

Art imitates life

Art imitates life

One of my garden residents encounters one of my carvings. This was a Woodlands award of a red squirrel with an oak leaf tail, commissioned by the Crown Estate.

Memorial finished for V.E. Day 75

Memorial finished for V.E. Day 75

I'm pleased to announce that the carving of the standing stone memorial for the Gordon Highlanders Regiment has been completed. Due to COVID travel restrictions, the delivery and installation are being delayed. Hopefully that can be arranged soon. My father, Bill, was...

Charred Doric bench

Charred Doric bench

I needed a new bench for the front of the house so I thought I'd make my first attempt at charring. I also developed a way of joining the oak beams by cutting steel C channel into square timber dogs. 200x200mm charred oak beam bench with hand-cut lettering. 1.5m long....

Highland Regiment Memorial

Highland Regiment Memorial

I have been approached by the Gordon Highlanders to produce a hand-carved stone memorial to be installed at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. This is a great honour for me. My father served with the battalion for 22 years. Two of my father's uncles,...

Replica Pictish Stone

Replica Pictish Stone

I have been approached to produce a hand-carved replica of a famous Pictish symbol stone. The Invereen Stone was found in a field near Tomatin, south of Inverness, during ploughing in the 1930s. It now sits in the National Museum for Scotland in Edinburgh. My replica...

Marker for Speyside Way

Marker for Speyside Way

The Speyside Way is a long-distance walking (or cycling) route which happens to run very close to my home. It currently runs from Spey Bay on the Moray Firth coast to Aviemore in the Cairngorms, approximately 65 miles away. Plans are underway for the Speyside Way to...

Unusual carving request

Unusual carving request

I was slightly nervous but also very intrigued when I was asked recently to carve a necklace pendant of a common seal out of ... Mammoth tusk! The Mammoth ivory was sent to me by the client. Apparently it is becoming quite common in craft fields due to skeletons...

Design upgrades to Newtonmore art installation

Design upgrades to Newtonmore art installation

After my design and proposal was chosen by the people of Newtonmore, I have been updating the design and layout. The caman benches now cross over and the landscaping is being finalised. All being well, we are hoping for installation at the end of 2020. [gallery...