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Wood: captive ball

One of the basic exercises for woodcarvers is the creation of the Captive Ball, or Ball in a Cage.  Usually carved of a relatively soft wood like this basswood at first, then moving up to more complicated materials, the idea is to improve both knife and safety skills. 301 more words

Art And Design

Fan bird carving course in Co Durham

Last week I was invited up to County Durham to teach a fan bird course for beginners as part of the Auckland Castle project.

I really enjoy teaching this course, it’s a great mix of careful carving with chisels, gouges and knives working up to the moment when we fold out the feathers to create the wings. 103 more words


Project 0: The Stick

My First official woodworking project

The hike in preparation for The Otter came and went and after this was when the ideas started. So my first pictures formed in my head of what I wanted to do. 565 more words


Garden of Celtic Saints

This is the place to come for a potted history of early Irish Christianity – from the 5th to 17th century. This history is relayed via life-sized carvings of Celtic Saints, missionaries, scholars and more accompanied by very informative labeling and information boards. 865 more words

Enniskillen (Co.Fermanagh)

Coming out of hibernation... new tile designs

This has seemed like the longest winter and the shortest winter! But Spring has finally sprung – even with Her last gasp of icy weather. I have not been idle – even thought the posts here have been sporadic. 409 more words