I was commissioned by the trustees of Scott’s Grotto in Ware, Hertfordshire to make a piece to commemorate the work of the 18th century Quaker poet John Scott. His most famous poem is an anti-war poem called ‘The Drum’ and this was the inspiration for making a seat from Cumbrian green slate and steel rods in the form of a military side drum.
This headstone is carved on Honister slate from Cumbria. Carved to commemorate a keen cyclist, this commission is a testament to a family’s determination to commemorate their son and brother in a way that reflected his personality. Located at Fowlemere, Cambridgeshire, the edge of the stone has the tread of a bicycle tyre carved round the edge.
The carving on this bench was commissioned to commemorate Peter King, who was a prominent inhabitant of the beautiful North Essex town of Thaxted. The legend “Thaxted is the hub of the universe” were words that Peter said to Princess Anne when she visited the town, and were deeply felt and believed by Peter. The building in the low relief carving is Thaxted’s Medieval Guild Hall, while Jupiter is included to acknowledge the period that the composer Gustav Holst lived in Thaxted and was a favourite piece of music for Peter.
Wooden Obelisk, St Michaels Hurst, Bishop’s Stortford
In 2019, I won a public art commission to create a work for a new housing development of my home town of Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire. Working with the hewer Steve Woodley, we created an obelisk made from sweet chestnut to the proportions of the fibonacci sequence. Each word was carved in relief and is grape variety grown at a local vineyard, while the vine leaves represented the logo of the development.
2020, was the 100th anniversary of the founding of Welwyn Garden City by Ebenezer Howard. I was commissioned to carve a plinth on Welsh slate for a statue of Ebenezer Howard, made by the sculptor Ben Twiston-Davies.